2015 Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite
Marsanne - 1.5L
  • WA 100
  • WS 98
  • VN 96
  • JR 90

Reg: $975.00

$925.00

This product is
out of stock

Reg: $975.00

$925.00

This product is
out of stock

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WA 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2016
One of the most singular wines I’m able to taste each year is unquestionably the l’Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier and it certainly lives up to the billing in 2015. Offering what I can only describe as a liquid rock (a... One of the most singular wines I’m able to taste each year is unquestionably the l’Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier and it certainly lives up to the billing in 2015. Offering what I can only describe as a liquid rock (a liqueur of rocks?) character intermixed with notes of buttered citrus, pineapple, smoked meats, charcoal and toast, the 2015 Ermitage l’Ermite is full-bodied, decadent and locked and loaded on the palate. It needs 2-3 years of cellaring and I suspect will keep for half a century - Jeb Dunnuck
WS 98
Wine Spectator, May 2018
Bright and pure, with a beautiful core of white peach, heather, yellow apple, star fruit and mirabelle plum notes backed by light citrus oil and verbena threads on the finish. Shows energy and tension throughout... Bright and pure, with a beautiful core of white peach, heather, yellow apple, star fruit and mirabelle plum notes backed by light citrus oil and verbena threads on the finish. Shows energy and tension throughout, with depth in reserve thanks to a long quinine echo at the end. Really stunning. Drink now through 2040. From France. — J.M.
VN 96
Vinous, May 2018
Bright gold. Powerful, mineral-accented orange pith, honeydew melon, nectarine and iodine scents show superb focus and vivacity. Displays an impressive blend of depth and finesse, offering deeply concentrated yet lithe... Bright gold. Powerful, mineral-accented orange pith, honeydew melon, nectarine and iodine scents show superb focus and vivacity. Displays an impressive blend of depth and finesse, offering deeply concentrated yet lithe citrus and pit fruit, honey and musky truffle flavors complemented by a subtle anise quality. Finishes remarkably long, delivering emphatic mineral cut and lift and suave, lingering floral and mineral notes. -- Josh Raynolds
JR 90
Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, May 2016
17+/20 Spicy nose - much more expressive on the nose than the Méal sample (both taken from cask and treated a month ago) albeit with the merest hint of mousiness. Broad and exciting with real bitter kumquat flavours... 17+/20 Spicy nose - much more expressive on the nose than the Méal sample (both taken from cask and treated a month ago) albeit with the merest hint of mousiness. Broad and exciting with real bitter kumquat flavours including the citrus peel. More restrained than most vintages with just a hint of smoke but broad, dense fruit.
Color & Type White
Varietal Marsanne
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2015

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.