Probably the most famous hill in the world, Hermitage is responsible for some of the greatest and long-lived wines in the world and provided inspiration of many new world wines such as Penfolds Grange Hermitage. Hermitage was even the secret fortifying ingredient in the wines of Bordeaux back in the day!
The small appellation of only 137 hectares is packed tight with closely planted vines on a steep slope of granite and gravels. While the young wines of Hermitage are a little muted when young, after a decade or two the wines begin to soften and offer up fresh red and black fruits, olive tapenade, tobacco & spice.
You can also find great bargains down the slope in Crozes-Hermitage. While they may not match Hermitage in prestige and longevity, they are delicious straight out of the bottle at a more economical price.