Gambert de Loche Hermitage 2003
Hermitage is synonymous with fine Syrah to such a degree that in Australia Syrah was once known by that very name. The Rhône's Cave de Tain is "a high quality co-op, offering excellent Hermitage. Top cuvées such as the Gambert de Loche are among the best within their appellation" (Hugh Johnson).This fine wine displays a profound colour with garnet tints, and has a complex nose of candied black fruits, coffee liqueur, toasty notes developing to black chocolate, liquorice and wild Mediterranean herbs. Rich, generous and elegant, the structure is firm, finishing on waves of black fruits, liquorice, mint and spices. Typical of the lovely 2003 vintage, it's exceptionally concentrated. Serve with roast red meats or hearty casseroles.