2016 Chapoutier Ermitage les Greffieux
Syrah - 1.5L
  • WA 97
  • JD 96
  • VN 96

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WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, November 2018
Chapoutier's 2016 Ermitage les Greffieux is a perfumed, elegant expression of this historic terroir. Violet and crushed stone notes perfectly complement the cedar and baking spices of new oak in framing ripe blackberries... Chapoutier's 2016 Ermitage les Greffieux is a perfumed, elegant expression of this historic terroir. Violet and crushed stone notes perfectly complement the cedar and baking spices of new oak in framing ripe blackberries and blueberries. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated yet silky in feel, it adds savory notes of black olive and licorice on the long, mouthwatering finish. - Joe Czerwinski
JD 96
jebdunnuck.com, January 2018
(94-96) From a site just at the bottom of the Méal lieu-dit, the 2016 Ermitage Les Greffieux sports a surprisingly inky color as well as an incredibly unevolved, backward style. Loaded with ripe red and black fruits... (94-96) From a site just at the bottom of the Méal lieu-dit, the 2016 Ermitage Les Greffieux sports a surprisingly inky color as well as an incredibly unevolved, backward style. Loaded with ripe red and black fruits, hints of herbs, lead pencil, pepper and rare meat, it has full-bodied richness, ripe tannin, and a big finish. There's an herbal, peppery, meaty, raw edge here and it's going to take 4-5 years to come together.
VN 96
Vinous, June 2018
(VN 94-96 points) Glass-staining purple. A complex, deeply perfumed bouquet evokes ripe cherry and cassis, complicated by suggestions of woodsmoke, incense and minerals. Seamless but juicy and sharply focused on the... (VN 94-96 points) Glass-staining purple. A complex, deeply perfumed bouquet evokes ripe cherry and cassis, complicated by suggestions of woodsmoke, incense and minerals. Seamless but juicy and sharply focused on the palate, offering alluringly sweet black and blue fruit liqueur, spicecake and licorice flavors that are given spine by a core of juicy acidity. Rich and fleshy in style, especially in the context of this vintage, finishing with excellent clarity, youthful tannic grip and superb, dark-fruit-driven persistence. -- Josh Raynolds
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 as early on as Roman times when they were enjoyed (as well as Cote Rotie wines) under the name of "Vienne wines" and were later to be called "Saint Christopher's hillside wines" because of a chapel there bearing the saint's name. They were also to be known of as “Tournon 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.

Chapoutier’s 100% Syrah comes from the Greffieux, situated at the foot of the Hermitage hill. The soil is made up of glacial alluvial deposit composed of shingles and clay. Les Greffieux has a steady garnet red color. On the nose are aromas of small black fruits, ink and black pepper. The wine has powerful tannins and hints of liquorice. Depending on the vintage, it 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.