2009 Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite
Syrah - 750ML
  • WA 98
  • WS 98
  • IWC 94

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2011
98+ Conservatively the 2009 Ermitage l'Ermite (702 cases) needs 25-30 years of cellaring. Another monumental effort from Michel Chapoutier it possesses copious notes of smoky asphalt black truffles pen ink graphite and... 98+ Conservatively the 2009 Ermitage l'Ermite (702 cases) needs 25-30 years of cellaring. Another monumental effort from Michel Chapoutier it possesses copious notes of smoky asphalt black truffles pen ink graphite and blackberry liqueur intermixed with hints of flowers and crushed rocks. Extremely full-bodied with abundant sweet tannins amazing penetration on the palate and a long finish this historic effort should age effortlessly for 50-100+ years.
WS 98
Wine Spectator, May 2012
This has a taut feel still with an almost searing iron edge but there's plenty of flesh in reserve with plum compote cherry pate de fruit and anise notes that slowly fill in on the lengthy finish. Offers lots of grip too... This has a taut feel still with an almost searing iron edge but there's plenty of flesh in reserve with plum compote cherry pate de fruit and anise notes that slowly fill in on the lengthy finish. Offers lots of grip too as this slowly unwinds with air letting its iron edge stretch out even more. There's terrific spine and cut with very impressive length. Best from 2016 through 2036. 40 cases imported. - J.M.
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, March 2012
94+ Bright purple. Explosive aromas of candied red fruits, potpourri and incense, with a medicinal nuance adding complexity. Stains the palate with intense raspberry and bitter cherry flavors lifted by smoky mineraity... 94+ Bright purple. Explosive aromas of candied red fruits, potpourri and incense, with a medicinal nuance adding complexity. Stains the palate with intense raspberry and bitter cherry flavors lifted by smoky mineraity. Becomes spicier and deeper with air and finishes with superb clarity and lingering florality. By all means allow this to rest for at least another five years. - Josh Raynolds
JJB 98
JJ Buckley, March 2011
100% syrah from 80 year old vines. Almost translucent at the core with a pale magenta rim. The vanilla scented fruits have a more reserved presence on the palate with the flavors compact and restrained. There are hints of... 100% syrah from 80 year old vines. Almost translucent at the core with a pale magenta rim. The vanilla scented fruits have a more reserved presence on the palate with the flavors compact and restrained. There are hints of cassis and blackberries mingling amongst aromas of violet with the palate maintaining considerable concentration in reserve. The tannins are finely grained in the focused finish. Tasted as a barrel sample three months before release.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2009

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.