2000 Chapoutier - Ermitage L'Ermite 750ml

France - Northern Rhone - Hermitage/ Red / Syrah
2000 Chapoutier - Ermitage L'Ermite
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International Wine Cellar | 93(+?)

($369) Bright ruby-red. Complex, sauvage aromas of roasted meat, cinders, pepper and smoke. Rich, deep and quite full-bodied but youthfully unevolved; very primary flavors of black cherry, blackberry, minerals and menthol. With its strong stony character, this is an essence of syrah on granite. Finishes with sweet ripe tannins and a strong flavor of black cherry. This and the Pavillon seem as concentrated as the highly promising 2001s. I underestimated this wine a year ago.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 106

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Wine Advocate | 99

I grossly underestimated the 2000 Ermitage l'Ermite from barrel. This wine, which emerges from largely pre-phylloxera vines planted on the dome of Hermitage, adjacent to the chapel that is perched there so photogenically, possesses extraordinary finesse and elegance. It reveals notes of liquid minerals intermixed with kirsch liqueur and blackberries. While it never possesses the power and breadth of flavor of Le Meal or Le Pavillon, l'Ermite appears to be a hypothetical blend of Bordeaux's Lafleur and Ausone as it always displays a certain austerity early in life. The extraordinary 2000 flirts with perfection. A provocative wine with great minerality, finesse, and delineation, it blew me away when I tasted it from bottle.

Drink Dates: 2009-2035
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 147

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Wine Spectator | 89

High-toned and still very sinewy, with taut vanilla and cinnamon notes holding the black cherry and cassis fruit in check. Notes of bittersweet chocolate and violets emerge on the finish. Pretty, but I don't get a lot of pure Syrah character or sense of place. Better than previously reviewed. 555 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005-2010
Author: James Molesworth


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Drink Dates: 2008-2030
Author: Vinfolio Team


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Score: 90
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 01/19/2014
Score: 94
Author: Kiki
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/20/2009
Drink Dates:
kelly@kellyflemingwines.com excellent wine great balance and tobacco and leather aroma and great finish. very acessible
More Vintages and Sizes of Chapoutier - Ermitage L'Ermite:

2005 (750ml)

About This Producer


This firm, founded in 1808, is the proprietor of 175 key acres of vines in five Rhone Valley appellations. Since the retirement of Max Chapoutier in 1989, his son Michel has revamped the winemaking process, and in doing so has elevated the stature of Chapoutier wines to rival some of the greatest in the region. The firm farms its vineyards biodynamically, and believes in the concept of monocepage, or the idea that each wine is produced entirely from a single grape variety. Chapoutier believes that blending mutes, rather than enhances, the character he seeks from his wines. Today the Chapoutier wines are considered benchmarks for the region, and other producers have begun to borrow the techniques and practices that Michel has been perfecting for nearly two decades. Perhaps Robert Parker, in his monumental book The World's Greatest Wine Estates, sums up the Chapoutier firm best: "A true biodynamically run estate since 1989, the objective has been to produce the purest and most natural expressions of terroir possible. Every decision is based on enhancing the characteristics of a wine's terroir, varietal character, and vintage trademark. In short, it is the earth that inspires this firm."

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