The inky black/purple-colored 2014 Ermitage l’Ermite is more firm, backward and mineral driven than the sexier Pavillon, offering fabulous notes of scorched earth, wood smoke, crushed violets, and both blackcurrant and crème de cassis. An utterly profound effort, it defines the more charming nature of the vintage, displaying building tannin and one seriously long finish. Forget bottles for 5-7 years and enjoy over the following two decades.
This has a solid bass line, with notes of anise, blackberry and plum steeped together, carried by a grippy, cocoa-edged structure. The back half is all cut and drive, showing brambly energy and a lovely singed juniper element. Best from 2018 through 2032. 10 cases imported.
Cask sample. Backward nose and extremely concentrated. Heady and bone-dry finish yet with massive concentration. A bit brutal at the moment. For now it’s uncommunicative. Jancis Robinson
Wow - surprised this is soooo lowly rated. Had a few cigarettes, so maybe my taste buds are crippled, but to me this is a powerhouse.
Appearance is inky purple. Nose is complex, it is meaty, peppery, black fruits and hay barn. The palate is tremendous, tannins and acidity are in balance, but also bullish. Black berries, red currants and bright primary fruits. Length is phenomenal.
No doubt this is infanticide, but boy it is good! This will be drinking in 2044 and change ~vivino.com
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