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1998 Chapoutier - Ermitage L'Ermite

abv 13.5%
  • 98 WA
  • 80 JR
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SKU: 49913-1998-1500-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    Chapoutier's Ermitage l'Ermite possesses a transparent character that almost allows the taster to see through the wine's multiple levels. What stands out is the liqueur of granite liquid minerality. The elegant 1998 Ermitage l'Ermite rouge is light, but exquisitely balanced, with subtle notes of smoke and black currants. The flavors unfold gently and gracefully, with nothing overstated. The power is restrained, the tannin is well-integrated, and the acidity is barely noticeable. However, the wine is fresh and beautifully delineated.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Healthy crimson. Broad panoply of flavours. Very sweet at first then pinched and tart on the palate. No opulence or grandeur.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating:

    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2000
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Still youthful with minerality and granite and smokey. It got better the longer it sat.
    Author: Rodney M
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 251 bottles owned
  • 66 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 66 collectors)