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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2002
($70; bottled in September) Full ruby, no darker than the Louis Belle. Vibrant aromas of black cherry, mocha and menthol, sweetened and lifted by oak. Very ripe but classic Hermitage flavors of kirsch, cassis, licorice and baking chocolate. Very long and ripe on the back end, with strong but thoroughly suave tannins. Considerably fresher than the Louis Belle '99. Belle considers this his best Hermitage since '95, but here the tannins are sweeter and finer than those of the earlier year.