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2005 Chapoutier - Ermitage Les Greffieux

FRANCE / RHONE / HERMITAGE
  • 94 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 18 JR
  • Variety
    Syrah
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SKU: 98151-2005-1500-3B
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    From the earlier-maturing foot of the hill and vinified in cement, matured in some new and some second-fill oak. Deeper crimson than most. This cask sample may have suffered more than most on the nose; it is thoroughly evolved and rusty-nail like. Tar, rubber, then a little light on the finish. Somehow a little cooked. This may be the sample rather than the wine. Positively brulAce.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Ripe and very fresh, with bright floral, licorice snap and cassis bush notes leading the way for plum sauce, blackberry and raspberry fruit flavors. The long, taut finish shows the fine structure of the vintage. 278 cases made.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2005 Ermitage Les Greffieux is a beauty, but it has to take a backseat to the 2006. It has an admirable creme de cassis note, an inky purple color, plenty of meat, smoke, steel, and black fruits in a dense, fleshy style. It is by far the most forward of the 2005 Ermitages. That's not to say there's any deficiency in tannin lurking underneath the wine's density and richness. It should evolve for 20-25 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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

    • 310 bottles owned
    • 59 collectors