The 2018 Hermitage Monier De La Sizeranne comes from a mix of terroirs (sedimentary, granitic, and loess) and was brought up in 20% new oak. Classic Hermitage notes of red and black fruits, cured meats, graphite, new leather, and smoked herbs all emerge from the glass, and this beauty is medium to full-bodied, with an elegant, seamless texture and just about perfect balance. It's not the biggest or richest Hermitage out there, but it's already drinking fabulously, with a textbook character and the balance and class to evolve for 20 years more.
Potentially the best recent vintage of this cuvée, the 2018 Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne boasts scents of violets, raspberries and some herbal, tea-like notes. For a Hermitage, it comes across as having almost the elegance of a Cote Rotie. It's full-bodied but supple, turning plush and velvety on the long finish.