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What is the difference between Hermitage and Crozes Hermitage

Question submitted by Yvan Duvant

Hermitage and Crozes Hermitage are two different wine appellations (wine grades) in Cotes du Rhone although they come from the same area. They are located around the city of Tain l'Hermitage.

Hermitage is the most famous one and is considered as one of the best Rhone wines.

Hermitage has a long history tracing back from the 10th century while Crozes Hermitage is only 70 years old.

Red wine from Crozes Hermitage is lighter while Hermitage is flavorful. Actually the same applies to white wine.

The main difference comes the soil. Hermitage has a granite soil while Crozes has more clay and sand. Hermitage vineyards are located at the top of hill, gaining full exposure from the sun. Crozes Hermitage vineyards are just below.

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