2012 Ermitage Rouge, Maison Nicolas Perrin

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The triptych of Les Greffieux (30%), Les Grandes Vignes (60%) and Les Murets (10%) frame this Hermitage, its soils sharing pebbles, granite and clay; a bit of everything in other words. The wine is suitably complex, its full colour belying youthful reticence on the palate. The wine’s linearity and weight on the finish underline quality and potential, however. Simon Field MW, Rhône Wine Buyer It is heartening to see how Nicolas Jaboulet, one the gentlemen of the Rhône Valley, has re-emerged after the purchase of his eponymous company by the Fray family. Joining forces with the Perrins of Beau