Tasted out of tank, the 2020 Hermitage ranks with the legendary wines from this address. Reminding me of a slightly more elegant version of the 2010, it's a deep, inky hued effort revealing utterly classic Hermitage aromatics of darker cassis and blue fruits as well as a liquid rock-like sense of minerality. Young and primordial, it still has incredible purity and freshness in its aromatics. Full-bodied and powerful on the palate, this gorgeous wine is going to shine with just 4-6 years of bottle age yet age with the best of them. I would not be surprised to see this beauty have 40, 50, or even 60 years of life.
As always, I was able to taste the 2020 Hermitage from each lieu-dit, which is unquestionably one of the educational highlights for me every year. While not quite as exotic or sexy as the 2019, it has a level of class that only comes from Hermitage, and I don’t say that lightly. Just about off-the-chart purity was present in each sample, the tannin quality is perfect, the wine has a sense of elegance as well as incredible concentration, and it was just a joy to taste. Lovers of classic, age-worthy Hermitage should absolutely not miss this.