Ermitage Rouge L Ermite, Hermitage, Northern Rhone, France, M Chapoutier 2015
3ha, 100% organic Syrah produced under biodynamic principles. Hand harvested, 100% destalked grapes vinified in concrete tanks with only free-run juice used. Ageing for 18-20 months in new barrels, used wood and concrete vats.
The plot is situated at the top of the Hermitage Hill, around the chapel. The elevated position of the vineyard, over 200 metres, allows long ripening at the end of the growing season. The soil of loess provides excellent drainage for rainwater. Vines are 80-120 years old (pre-phylloxera on their own rootstocks) and are planted on poor granitic soils. L’Ermite traditionally produces the most elegant and aromatic Ermitage. It has powerful tannins, smoky notes and black pepper.
"My pick of Chapoutier's 2015 Ermitage bottlings on this occasion was the 2015 Ermitage l'Ermite. It just edged out the other wines for its incredible purity of cassis fruit, indelible intensity and massive concentration. Size doesn't matter if the other elements aren't there, but this wine is complex, balanced and long, a true tour de force. Hints of crushed stone, peppery spice and grilled meat are in the background right now, partially submerged under the waves of fruit and ripe tannins, so give it a decade or so to shed some of that puppy fat and reveal its true nature." 100/100 Joe Czerwinski robertparker.com
This wine will age for at least 30-60 years, possibly 75 years!
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