(RP=93-95) My favourite of three Hermitages drunk at an Offline dinner in London. Damp earth and a touch of eucalyptus Very complex aromas. Lovely balance on the palate. Chocolate and coffee tinged palate. Seamless tannins. A little dryness on finish, I would have no qualms opening a bottle now. A very impressive wine, though without the vigor of the 1991 and 1992. Tasted April 2002. (AG=93) Deep red-ruby. Roasted aromas of animal fur, blackcurrant, smoke and pepper. Supple, peppery and very concentrated, with lovely sweetness and pliant texture in the middle palate. Has a compellingly sapid quality. Finishes very long and sweet, with thoroughly ripe tannins. Absolutely delicious Hermitage, and showing no signs of shutting down in bottle. (WS=93) This is mature but mouthwatering, as the acidity leads the way, pulling the cherry pit, red currant, flora, roasted mesquite, rosemary and white pepper notes along. The long finish lets a bergamot note simmer beautifully while still flashing some serious cut.¡XNon-blind Chave vertical (June 2012). Drink now through 2015. 3,500 cases made.