About The Wine
Inside the bottle: This is perhaps the most balanced wine in the line regarding early pleasure and intellect. The darker fruit aspects of the wine are polished out and remain equal to the savouriness of the wine. It immediately expresses savory dark chocolate, forest floor, bramble, iodine, hot iron and salty meat. After much aeration, the wine begins to show its range of garrique and higher-toned red fruits that have been reserved only for the patient drinker. L’Olivaie happens to be my favorite wine in the line to drink young.
Terroir: L’Olivaie comes from one of the most northern sections of the original St. Joseph appellation, St-Jean de Muzols. This vineyard is pure granite and faces south inside of a small inlet off of the western side of the Rhone. From the top of L’Ermite on the Hermitage hill, it is found directly to the west. It is a hill that sits with the same regality of Hermitage but is tucked away and out of sight. The hill is steep and gets the wind advantage from the small valley coming in from the west as well as the Rhone’s wind draft from the north. These granite soils are weak and friable, like the western side of Hermitage, lending themselves to the vine’s desire for survival by plunging deep into the soil. These 65 year old vines give this wine its regal and definitive personality.