2016 Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite
Syrah - 750ML
  • JD 99
  • WA 97
  • VN 97
  • JS 97

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Reg: $375.00

$325.00

In Stock: 0 btls
Ships Immediately

Pre-Arrival: 24+ btls
ETA: Mar. 2019

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JD 99
jebdunnuck.com, January 2018
(97-99) Also inky colored, the sensational 2016 Ermitage L’Ermite boast a phenomenal bouquet of crème de cassis, liquid rock, burning embers and graphite. Utterly compelling, with a multi-dimensional texture, full-bodied... (97-99) Also inky colored, the sensational 2016 Ermitage L’Ermite boast a phenomenal bouquet of crème de cassis, liquid rock, burning embers and graphite. Utterly compelling, with a multi-dimensional texture, full-bodied richness, fine, fine tannin (yet masses of them), it's a tour de force in wine. While it should be just as good as the Pavillon, the L’Ermite cuvée always shows a more mineral-driven, focused, structured style, and this 2016 is going to need 5-7 years of bottle age at a minimum.
WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2017
(WA95-97 points) For some reason, I have more fruit descriptors in my notes for the 2016 Ermitage l'Ermite than the Le Pavillon, yet the former left me less impressed. Of course, that's all relative when talking about... (WA95-97 points) For some reason, I have more fruit descriptors in my notes for the 2016 Ermitage l'Ermite than the Le Pavillon, yet the former left me less impressed. Of course, that's all relative when talking about wines that are easily in the top 1% of all wines in the world. Scents of crushed stone are joined by blueberries, plums and cassis in this impressive, full-bodied wine. It's rich and concentrated, tannic as hell but endowed with enough fruit to see it through to 2025, when it should begin to approach drinkability. - Joe Czerwinski
VN 97
Vinous, June 2018
(VN 95-97 points) Vivid, glass-staining purple. Potent, sharply delineated dark fruit preserve, Moroccan spice, licorice and exotic floral qualities on the hugely perfumed nose. Utterly stains the palate with sweet... (VN 95-97 points) Vivid, glass-staining purple. Potent, sharply delineated dark fruit preserve, Moroccan spice, licorice and exotic floral qualities on the hugely perfumed nose. Utterly stains the palate with sweet blueberry, cherry liqueur, spicecake and violet pastille flavors that show an uncanny blend of richness and energy. The floral and spice notes build steadily through an endless, gently tannic finish that shows superb clarity and mineral drive. This wine's sheer sex appeal will make it delicious relatively soon after release, but its depth and balance should easily carry it through its 30th birthday (if one has the patience) and probably longer. -- Josh Raynolds
JS 97
jamessuckling.com, August 2018
(JS 96-97 points) This has super, deep, black fruit, dusted in dark pepper and spice. It smells so pristine and fresh. The palate is immaculately structured, on fine, strong, tannin lines with a deep, black-cherry... (JS 96-97 points) This has super, deep, black fruit, dusted in dark pepper and spice. It smells so pristine and fresh. The palate is immaculately structured, on fine, strong, tannin lines with a deep, black-cherry, licorice and mineral thread. Super-intense, super-fine and super-impressive 2016 Hermitage here. From organically grown grapes. Barrel sample. - Nick Stock
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2016

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.