In fact, one Hermitage, the Hermitage La Chapelle 1961, is often one of the top sellers (and most expensive bottles) at wine auctions, claiming nearly fifteen thousand dollars for a single bottle.
To enjoy a taste of Hermitage wine is to enjoy a taste of the good life. A French, full-bodied, rich, tannic Appellation d’Origine Controlée (AOC), it is made from both red and white grapes. It is grown atop the Hermitage hill along the banks of the Northern Rhône in a space of only about 320 acres, where it thrives in a Mediterranean climate. It is also found on the eastern side of the river, making it the only major Northern Rhône appellation that is not found on the western side of the river.
With flavor notes of blackberries, spices and herbs, a glass of red Hermitage comes from the red Syrah grape and intoxicates all the senses. Reds pair particularly strongly with various meat dishes—along with both hard and soft cheeses and even bacon—but are versatile enough to pair with poultry and fish. The heartier the better for this potent wine, which pairs exceptionally well with beef, lamb or a rich hearty stew. Entrées with a sturdy marinade of herbs and spices also compliment the strong Northern Rhône wine.