2004 Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite
Marsanne - 750ML
  • WA 100
  • WS 97
  • IWC 97

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WA 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2007
A compelling profoundly great wine is the 2004 Ermitage l'Ermite blanc. This is extremely limited in availability but the light gold color offers up a liqueur of pears wet rocks and honey. Citrus oil viscosity... A compelling profoundly great wine is the 2004 Ermitage l'Ermite blanc. This is extremely limited in availability but the light gold color offers up a liqueur of pears wet rocks and honey. Citrus oil viscosity extraordinary richness and acidity make this wine (like all of these Ermitages made from 100% old-vine Marsanne) just exquisite. There is nothing like these wines anywhere in the world and the fact that the single vineyard Ermitages are aged in 100% new oak yet show no trace of oak whatsoever is mind-boggling. This is exquisite wine that you either drink in its first 3-4 years or forget for two decades.
WS 97
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, August 2007
This is packed tight with a racy minerality holding the dried peach apricot and macadamia nut flavors at bay. The long tangy finish is all lean muscle with a note of fleur de sel that really stretches this out nicely... This is packed tight with a racy minerality holding the dried peach apricot and macadamia nut flavors at bay. The long tangy finish is all lean muscle with a note of fleur de sel that really stretches this out nicely. Backward now but should be dreamy in a decade. Best from 2009 through 2020. 175 cases made. -JM
IWC 97
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2007
Green-gold. Wild pungent and leesy on the nose with a potent bouquet of ripe tangerine peach melon white truffle smoky bacon and exotic spices. This could pass for a grand cru white Burgundy on the nose. Buttery and... Green-gold. Wild pungent and leesy on the nose with a potent bouquet of ripe tangerine peach melon white truffle smoky bacon and exotic spices. This could pass for a grand cru white Burgundy on the nose. Buttery and almost surreal in its orchard fruit and exotic spice expression with a lush velvety texture and explosive finish. The flavors refuse to let up gaining intensity with air. This should be served by the spoonful.
Color & Type White
Varietal Marsanne
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Vintage 2004

Label

Chapoutier L’Ermite Blanc is a Marsanne from a selection of the estate’s oldest vines, situated at the top of the Hermitage hill around the chapel, in a place named the “Ermite” where soils are very poor and granitic.

The wine’s color is brilliant and light straw yellow. It has aromas of vanilla, almonds, dried fruits and linden-tree. The minerality is marked (typical of the soil). This is a very round and rich wine. It has elegant balance, with a light bitterness at the end, very ripe white fruit aromas (peach and apricot), beautiful length in mouth and a huge complexity.

Depending on the vintage, this wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years or from 50 to 75 years.

Winery

Chapoutier

Chapoutier is one of the oldest wine producers in the Rhone Valley with a history dating back to 1808. A distant ancestor, Polydor Chapoutier, was the first to buy vines here, shifting from being a simple grape grower to making and trading his own wine. For the last two hundred years, the estate has been producing some of the greatest wines in the Rhone Valley. Today, the range also includes wines from some Roussillon appellations as well as projects in Portugal and Australia.

Under Michel Chapoutier’s leadership, quality improved and Chapoutier gained international recognition. The massive negociant and winery produces single-vineyard expressions and classic wines from a range of appellations in the north and south of the valley.

They have adopted biodynamic farming techniques and have included Braille markings on their labels since 1996. This was done from a desire to reach out to and include lovers of good wines with sight-impairments, and as a tribute to Maurice Monier of La Sizeranne, a member of the family that previously owned the vines of the same name and who invented the first abbreviated version of Braille.