2005 Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite
Syrah - 3L

  • WA 99
  • WS 98

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2008
Lastly from the very dome of the granite hill of Ermitage is the 2005 Ermitage l'Ermite. An extraordinarily powerful wine that probably needs 10-15 years in the bottle (last year I thought 20 was probably conservative)... Lastly from the very dome of the granite hill of Ermitage is the 2005 Ermitage l'Ermite. An extraordinarily powerful wine that probably needs 10-15 years in the bottle (last year I thought 20 was probably conservative) this is a 100-year wine and probably best appreciated by our descendants rather than anyone currently over the age of 30. Dense purple to the rim with notes of crushed rock charcoal roasted meats and enormous quantities of blue and black fruits this wine is almost painfully rich and thick with mouthsearing levels of tannin and zesty acidity. Monumental! Anticipated maturity: 2020-2080.
WS 98
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, July 2008
Supersleek and racy with layers of red and black licorice snap red and black currant plum sauce coffee iron and violet. Incredibly long with superb minerality that keeps it all harnessed leaving a nearly salinelike feel... Supersleek and racy with layers of red and black licorice snap red and black currant plum sauce coffee iron and violet. Incredibly long with superb minerality that keeps it all harnessed leaving a nearly salinelike feel on the tangy finish. A steel-plated red that should age beautifully. Best from 2010 through 2030. 617 cases made. –JM
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Vintage 2005

Label

L’Ermite is situated at the top of the Hermitage (Ermitage) hill, around the chapel, in a place named the Ermite. The vines are 80 years old and are on granitic soils which are very poor.

The color of the wine is a very deep garnet red, almost black. On the nose are black fruits with spices and ink overtones. The tannins are at the same time powerful and velvety. Smoky and pepper overtones express wonderfully the Syrah variety on granitic soil. Depending on the vintage, the 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.