93 points Wine Enthusiast
"Hints of charcuterie and dried fennel lend savory complexity to pristine black-plum and cherry flavors on the medium bodied and supple palate. It's edged by firm but dusty tannins and a peppery freshness. Approachable but very elegant now, it should improve through 2026 and hold further."
93 points Wine Spectator
"This has lush layers of fig, boysenberry and raspberry compote coursing along, inlaid with ample bramble and graphite notes for grip, picking up additional violet, anise and black tea details through the finish. Exhibits pleasant live-wire acidity underneath. Best from 2019 through 2029. 5,800 cases made."
92 points Wine & Spirits
"Working with a wide array of member-growers, this cooperative has access to more than 50 acres of the 345 that make up Hermitage. That’s a terrific advantage in a cool, damp vintage like 2014, and it shows in this wine. It feels bound up in itself at first, dark and chewy, a burl of wood, earth, cherries, plums and spice. With air, the wine gains loft, carried on fine-grained tannins and herbal complexity. Give it an hour in a decanter or a couple more years in the cellar, and then pour with a thyme-laced leg of lamb."
Aged 50% in the casks used for the 2011 Hermitage and 50% in 2013 casks for 12 months.
Dark crimson. Very juicy. Firm and inky. Very dry on the end. Convincingly Hermitage. Liquorice. Sinewy. 17+/20 points.
Vinous Reverie Notes
The Cave de Tain is among the world’s very greatest wine producers, a giant of the Northern Rhone with over 50 acres in Hermitage. Tasting Notes: Ripe blackberry and cassis aromas on the nose, with complex pepper, spice, cocoa, tobacco, and black olive notes. Well-structured, with fine-grained tannins and layers of black fruit on the palate. A wine of impressive elegance and finesse, with a long, persistent finish. Food Pairing: Excellent with wide range flavorful red meats (duck, lamb, more) and rich cheeses.