2007 Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite
Syrah - 750ML
  • WA 94
  • WS 94
  • IWC 94
  • NM 94

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In Stock: 3 btls
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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2009
(RP92-94+ points) A more near-term candidate for consumption is the 2007 Ermitage l'Ermite. It is a more austere slightly less concentrated effort possessing notes of powdered rock as well as red and black fruits... (RP92-94+ points) A more near-term candidate for consumption is the 2007 Ermitage l'Ermite. It is a more austere slightly less concentrated effort possessing notes of powdered rock as well as red and black fruits full-bodied power and a long finish. It is not among the pantheon of the most compelling Ermitage l'Ermites made by Michel Chapoutier but it is certainly an outstanding one. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035. - Robert Parker
WS 94
Wine Spectator, April 2010
Offers depth length and character with mouthfilling blackberry raspberry and cherry fruit flavors supported by bright acidity. The long minerally spine lets additional cherry pit blood orange and espresso notes chime in... Offers depth length and character with mouthfilling blackberry raspberry and cherry fruit flavors supported by bright acidity. The long minerally spine lets additional cherry pit blood orange and espresso notes chime in. Still a touch raw in a youthful way so let this settle in. Best from 2011 through 2017. 505 cases made. -JM
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, February 2010
Ruby-red. Seductively perfumed bouquet of dark berry preserve and cherry aromas with complicating notes of pungent herbs and anise. Pliant deeply concentrated dark fruit and floral pastille flavors with a smoky pungently... Ruby-red. Seductively perfumed bouquet of dark berry preserve and cherry aromas with complicating notes of pungent herbs and anise. Pliant deeply concentrated dark fruit and floral pastille flavors with a smoky pungently herbal quality adding another element. This smooth alluring wine finishes with noteworthy sweetness and persistent fruit and violet notes. 94 points
NM 94
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, November 2008
(NM92-94 points) This has a nose similar more to the Pavillon than the Le Meal, very opulent and ripe with blackberry, blood orange, macerated cherries and a hint of prune. But the full-bodied palate has slightly better... (NM92-94 points) This has a nose similar more to the Pavillon than the Le Meal, very opulent and ripe with blackberry, blood orange, macerated cherries and a hint of prune. But the full-bodied palate has slightly better delineation, good acidity and freshness, slight pruney on the finish. A sexy little L’Ermite that is still very unresolved on the finish, but should be wonderful once in bottle. Drink 2012-2025.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2007

Label

Ermitage wines possess a rich historical past. They were appreciated in Roman times when they and Cote Rotie wines were enjoyed under the name of "Vienne wines".

The name of Ermitage probably first appeared in the 17th Century in memory of Henry Gaspard, a knight from Sterimberg who, having come back from the Crusades (in the 13th Century) and tired of waging war, lived as a hermit on a hillside which had been given to him by Anne of Castille, Queen of Spain. There he planted a vineyard.

The L’Ermite vineyard is situated at the top of the Hermitage hill, around the chapel, in a place named the Ermite. The vines are 80 years old planted in 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 are wonderful expressions of Syrah from 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.