Bright gold. Explosive spice- and smoke-accented aromas of candied tropical and citrus fruits, jasmine, iodine and honey. The palate offers intense, palate-staining pineapple and pear flavors plus notes of ginger, mace and chalky minerals. The wine's mineral element builds with air and carries through a very long, sappy, focused finish.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: March/April 2012
Wine Spectator | Rating: 99
Captivating, with persimmon, dried mango, quince and Jonagold apple fruit aromas and flavors, all woven seamlessly together, while bracing quinine and salted butter notes add serious length to the finish. A sensational combination of power and precision.
Author: James Molesworth
Wine Advocate | Rating: 100
From pre-phylloxera Marsanne vines that are over 100 years of age and are not planted on American root stocks, the 2009 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc (229 cases) reveals abundant notes of honeysuckle, a liqueur of wet stones, tannin (which no doubt comes from the sappiness in these old vines), extraordinary minerality, white fruits, quince and citrus oil. This amazing white wine must be tasted to be believed. It is so structured, intense and rich that it will unquestionably keep for a century.