Tain L’Hermitage Hermitage 2003

87 points

Hermitage, Rhone, France. 13%

A bit of a disappointment.

Apparently this wine has done quite well against New World wines in wine competitions, persumably because of the vintage (hot) and the modern winemaking.  I don’t want to suggest that this is dolled up with added acidity and new oak – it isn’t.  But the fruit flavours are raisin like, it isn’t classic Hermitage.

I’m not sure whether to advocate drinking now, or hoping for improvement/complexity.  I think I’d rather recommend buying the next, 2004, vintage.

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