Hermitage vineyard in the northern Côtes du Rhône
Once upon a time, Hermitage was considered the finest red wine in France. It is still excellent, considered by many the finest red wine in the Rhône valley region in southeastern France. It is based on the Syrah grape variety, and may contain white grapes as well. Hermitage wine is full-bodied and tastes of black currants, plums, and spices. Suggested food pairings include Filet Mignon and Pheasant.
Hermitage AOC starts at about $100 a bottle, and according to wine lovers (with deep pockets) is well worth the price. It can age for twelve to thirty years. Well-known producers include Chapoutier and Paul Jaboulet Ainé. For a real treat try Hermitage Vin de Paille AOC in which the grapes are dried on straw beds before pressing. A 375ml bottle (about half the size of a regular bottle) may cost about $100. If you have tried it, let me know about the experience.