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Compared to the 1995s, the 1994 Hermitage cuvees are more seductive, flattering, and developed. The outstanding 1994 Hermitage Le Greal is more forward than usual, with a voluptuous texture, and copious quantities of ripe cassis fruit intermixed with earth, truffle, and minerals scents. This rich, full-bodied, forward Hermitage reminds me of the 1979 in its infancy. It is so well-balanced, with well-integrated acidity and tannin that it can be drunk now, although it is still an infant in terms of its evolution. It should last for 15 or more years. According to Sorrel, this is the last Greal that will include any wine from Les Greffieux in the blend. The glory of this estate is the red Hermitage. In most years there are two wines, a Cuvee Classique, and a luxury cuvee called Hermitage Le Greal. In 1995, Sorrel did not begin harvesting his Syrah until September 26, seven days after the last rain. For whatever reason, the wines of Marc Sorrel have remained undervalued, and to a large extent, ignored in the American marketplace. The numerous importer changes he has endured have only exacerbated the problem of finding Sorrel's wines.
(Wine Advocate #107 Oct 1996 / Robert Parker)