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2015 M. Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite

abv 13.5%
  • 100 WA
  • 98 WS
  • 96 JS
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SKU: 49913-2015-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    My pick of Chapoutier's 2015 Ermitage bottlings on this occasion was the 2015 Ermitage l'Ermite. It just edged out the other wines for its incredible purity of cassis fruit, indelible intensity and massive concentration. Size doesn't matter if the other elements aren't there, but this wine is complex, balanced and long, a true tour de force. Hints of crushed stone, peppery spice and grilled meat are in the background right now, partially submerged under the waves of fruit and ripe tannins, so give it a decade or so to shed some of that puppy fat and reveal its true nature.
    Author: Joe Czerwinski
    Issue: 234
  • Vinous | Rating: 96

    Dark purple. Expansive aromas of dark fruit preserves, incense, black pepper, violet and spicecake, joined by hints of olive and cola that build in the background. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering wonderfully concentrated yet energetic black and blue fruit and violet pastille flavors that are lifted and brightened by a smoky mineral flourish. Chewy and appealingly sweet on the strikingly long, floral-dominated finish, which is framed by youthful, steadily building tannins.
    Drink Dates: 2026 - 2039
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: Apr 2018
  • James Suckling | Rating: 96

    Very fragrant and aromatically complex already. Smells savory with flinty spices, charcuterie, white pepper and a swathe of fresh, dark plums and berries. The palate is stacked on layers of grainy, fresh tannins. Very moody, black fruit here. Dark plums and dark chocolate to close. From organically grown grapes. Drink in 2022.
    Drink Dates: 2022+
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

    This sports some warm, inviting fruit, with layers of boysenberry, fig and blackberry compote rolling through, inlaid with melted black licorice and warm fruitcake flavors, all backed by a long, refined echo of minerality on the finish. Mouthwatering acidity and a flash of savory add extra cut and length. A stunning wine that will require significant cellaring. Best from 2020 through 2045. 267 cases made, 35 cases imported. — JM
    Drink Dates: 2020-2045
    Author: James Molesworth
    Issue: Sep 30, 2018
  • Jeb Dunnuck | Rating: 100

    Lastly, the 2015 Ermitage L’Ermite offers that classic, searing granite/ozone-laced bouquet of crème de cassis, liquid rocks, graphite, and lead pencil. More tight, focused and backward than the Pavillon, it's no less impressive and is pure, full-bodied, massively concentrated and focused. It’s another monumental wine from Michel Chapoutier that needs to be forgotten for 8-10 years and will have 40-50 years of prime drinking. Enough can’t be said about the quality coming from this estate and these 2015s are certainly a match for what was achieved in 2009 and 2010. I wish every reader could taste these majestic, magical wines.
    Drink Dates: 2026 - 2076
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
    Issue: France, Northern Rhône: The Blockbuster 2015s and Elegant 2016s
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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

    • 33 bottles owned
    • 7 collectors