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2009 Chapoutier - Ermitage L'Ermite 750ml
2009 Chapoutier - Ermitage L'Ermite

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France - Northern Rhone - Hermitage
Red / Syrah
2009 Chapoutier - Ermitage L'Ermite
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Professional Reviews

IWC
94(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 161

Bright purple. Explosive aromas of candied red fruits, potpourri and incense, with a medicinal nuance adding complexity. Stains the palate with intense raspberry and bitter cherry flavors lifted by smoky mineraity. Becomes spicier and deeper with air and finishes with superb clarity and lingering florality. By all means allow this to rest for at least another five years.

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JR
18.5

Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

3 ha, 100% Syrah. The plot is situated at the top of the Hermitage Hill, around the chapel. The elevated position of the vineyard, over 200 m, allows long ripening at the end of the growing season. The soil of loess provides excellent drainage for rainwater. Vines are over 80 years old and are planted on granitic poor soils. L’Ermite traditionally produces the most elegant and aromatic Ermitage.This almost looks like port in the glass. Much more open on the nose than Le Méal and arguably more recognisably Syrah. Like super-de-luxe Syrah, such opulence but no sweetness. It finishes dry with masses of ripe tannin but there is great seductive perfume on the nose. Wonderful texture. Surely this will drink well for a long time? Great balance already. It is so user-friendly it almost seems tarty at first but there is no surplus sweetness nor obvious alcohol – and certainly no trace of oak. The vineyard expression is the thing!

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WA
98

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker

Conservatively, the 2009 Ermitage l'Ermite (702 cases) needs 25-30 years of cellaring. Another monumental effort from Michel Chapoutier, it possesses copious notes of smoky asphalt, black truffles, pen ink, graphite and blackberry liqueur intermixed with hints of flowers and crushed rocks. Extremely full-bodied with abundant sweet tannins, amazing penetration on the palate and a long finish, this historic effort should age effortlessly for 50-100+ years.

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WS
98

Wine Spectator Author: James Molesworth

This has a taut feel still, with an almost searing iron edge, but there's plenty of flesh in reserve, with plum compote, cherry pate de fruit and anise notes that slowly fill in on the lengthy finish. Offers lots of grip too as this slowly unwinds with air, letting its iron edge stretch out even more. There's terrific spine and cut, with very impressive length.

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