2018 Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc
Marsanne - 750ML
2018 Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc
  • JD 100
  • WA 100
  • WS 98
  • VN 97
  • DC 96

Reg: $595.00

$525.00

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Reg: $595.00

$525.00

In Stock: 0 btls
Ships Immediately

Pre-Arrival: 24 btls
ETA: Jun. 2022

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JD 100
jebdunnuck.com, December 2019
Another truly flawless wine from this dream team is the 2018 Ermitage L’Ermite Blanc, which comes from a vineyard located at the top of Hermitage Hill and was brought up in 20-25% new demi-muids. Offering a magical...   Another truly flawless wine from this dream team is the 2018 Ermitage L’Ermite Blanc, which comes from a vineyard located at the top of Hermitage Hill and was brought up in 20-25% new demi-muids. Offering a magical bouquet of liqueur of rock, quince, poached pears, orange blossom, and honeysuckle, it's a powerful, super-rich, expressive, full-bodied white that could come from nowhere else in the world. It's approachable today (it needs plenty of air) yet won't hit prime for another 7-8 years or so.  
WA 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2019
(98-100 points) Chapoutier's colossal 2018 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc is a candidate for a perfect score, marrying crisp, stony, structural elements with an off-the-charts level of pineapple, citrus and melon fruit...   (98-100 points) Chapoutier's colossal 2018 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc is a candidate for a perfect score, marrying crisp, stony, structural elements with an off-the-charts level of pineapple, citrus and melon fruit. Full-bodied yet fresh, round yet focused, it's a somehow harmonious expression of several seeming contradictions and should amaze drinkers for decades to come. - JC  
WS 98
Wine Spectator, August 2021
This is rich and piercing at the same time, with jasmine, peach, mango and yellow apple fruit flavors forming a juicy, concentrated core offset by racy chamomile, quinine and honeysuckle notes that add considerable detail...   This is rich and piercing at the same time, with jasmine, peach, mango and yellow apple fruit flavors forming a juicy, concentrated core offset by racy chamomile, quinine and honeysuckle notes that add considerable detail throughout. A fresh salted butter element echoes through the finish as the fruit, floral and mineral aspects meld seamlessly. A stunner. Drink now through 2040. 25 cases imported. — JM  
VN 97
Vinous, May 2020
Deep, bright-hued yellow. Mineral-driven citrus pith, orchard and pit fruits on the highly perfumed nose, along with iodine and pungent floral nuances. Sappy pear nectar, Meyer lemon and peach flavors stain the palate and...   Deep, bright-hued yellow. Mineral-driven citrus pith, orchard and pit fruits on the highly perfumed nose, along with iodine and pungent floral nuances. Sappy pear nectar, Meyer lemon and peach flavors stain the palate and take on a hint of smokiness as the wine opens up. Displays superb tension and sharp focus on the finish, which lingers with noteworthy, mineral-dominated persistence. -- Josh Raynolds  
DC 96
Decanter, October 2019
This has a gentle, almond nougat aroma and a touch of rhubarb with gentle honeycomb edging to the pear and mango fruit. It's still distinctly saline and buzzing with energy, but more immediately drinkable than a more...   This has a gentle, almond nougat aroma and a touch of rhubarb with gentle honeycomb edging to the pear and mango fruit. It's still distinctly saline and buzzing with energy, but more immediately drinkable than a more classic recent vintage of L'Ermite Blanc.  
Category Description
Color & Type White
Varietal Marsanne
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML

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.