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Domaine de Vallouit

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1999 Domaine de Vallouit Les Greffières  (Hermitage) 95

It has been 6 years since I lasted this wine and the wait has been worth it. This stellar gem is concentrated, rich, silky and long. The sweet, spicy, peppery red fruits are the perfect backdrop to allow its mineral essences and smoky, herbal accents to shine through. The problem is finding a bottle as not much was made and there are no bottles for sale that I can see. But if you find a bottle or case, grab it! 95 Points

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This wine is almost there. It's fleshier, softer, more giving and complex than it was a few years ago. The ripe blackberries are soft, with silky tannins. The fruit filled finish, delivers a long impression of fruit and minerality. Double decanted for 20-30 minutes, the wine improved in the glass for more than 2 hours. If you're looking for a solid Hermitage, that will is not all that pricey, this is the ticket. 94 Points

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Showing maturity in color, with spice, blackberry liqueur, earth, garrigue, kirsch and charcoal in the nose. Full bodied and filled with ripe blackberry, plum, spice and cherry griotte, the wine ends with soft tannins, iron, stone and smoky cherries with pit fruit. This is surprisingly open at this stage. The wine was decanted for 3 hours prior to serving and continued to improve in the glass for a few more hours. For a mature Hermitage this young, which is now the source for Guigal Ex Voto, with a small 350 case production, at the current price this is a steal! 93 Points

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This intense, full bodied, concentrated, deep wine is filled with juicy ripe, black fruit, minerality, spice, pepper, fennel and cassis. The wine is round in texture and ends on a long, fresh, dark berry and licorice note. Still young, this can be approached at an early for an Hermitage, due to its ripe tannins and richness. This wine will age for decades. There is no better value from Hermitage in 1999. Sadly, this is the last vintage for the domaine. It was sold to Guigal, who now use it to produce the sublime Ex Voto. 93 Points

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1998 Domaine de Vallouit Les Greffières  (Hermitage) 93

Iron, beef blood, cassis, spice, strawberry and just ground black pepper scents open to an earthy, black raspberry, spice and mineral driven, full bodied, concentrated wine that is coming into its own. The finish lets you focus on sweet, ripe, red cherries, spice and strawberry. 93 Points

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Deep. rich, opulent, falshy and fleshy for an Hermitage, the wine displays a perfume filled with blackberry, stone, spice, herbs ans fennel. While young, this wine is already a pleasure to taste. 93 Points

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