The harvest, totally destemmed, is vinified in cement vat. A long maceration allows a gentle tannin extraction. Only the free-run juice is used. The wine is aged in barrel: a third in new casks and the other part in casks having matured wine once or twice before. Ageing lasts between 14 and 18 months. The clarification is natural and the wine is unfined.
While the 2007 Ermitage Les Greffieux is an outstanding effort, it is dwarfed by the brilliance of the 2006. An attractive dark ruby/purple color offers up notes of blueberries, blackberries, road tar, earth, and spice box. The wine possesses beautiful fruit, crisp, tart acidity, a hint of figs, and a long finish. Consume this lovely 2007 during its first two decades of life.
Score: 90/93, Robert Parker,
Wine Advocate (182), April 2009