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By the early 1980s Henri Sorrel was bottling two-thirds of his production, having started to bottle in 1970. Previously the crop was sold to the local négoce trade. “I want to bottle all our wine since I cannot keep up with demand,” he told me in 1982. He was the Notary in Tain, but confessed that wine had always held more interest for him than legal documents. The vineyard was bought by Henri’s father in 1920. An automatic press was exchanged for the horizontal press in 1980. Traditionally styled, really full-bodied Hermitage that exemplified the gorgeous ripeness of Le Méal in his top wine of the same name.

128 avenue Jean Jaurès 26600 Tain l’Hermitage