The wine of the vintage (and I’ll include all the wines of the northern Rhône, red and white in that grouping) is the 2014 Ermitage l’Ermite Blanc. Always made from 100% Marsanne that comes from the granite soils of the l’Hermite lieu-dit, it was aged 11 months in 25% new demi-muids before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Its medium-gold color is followed by a heavenly bouquet of liquid rock, hazelnut, caramelized pineapples, stone fruits and quince. Thick, unctuous, full-bodied, thrillingly pure and laser focused with a dry, blockbuster finish that just won’t quit, it needs 2-3 years of cellaring and will drink nicely over the following three or more decades.
Rich but racy, with a core of melon, white peach and yellow apple fruit streaming through, carried by a mouthwatering quinine note. The finish is gilded with honeysuckle and jasmine details, giving this lift and brightness. A light salted butter accent at the end brings you back for more. Drink now through 2030. 12 cases imported.
0.5 ha, 100% Marsanne. This wine is made from a selection of Chapoutier’s oldest Marsanne (some more than 100 years old) situated at the top of the Hermitage hill, behind the chapel, at a place named the Ermite and planted on poor granitic and shallow soils (An alkaline granite, the only one in which you can grow truffles). This is the most structured Chapoutier white Hermitage. Yields are very low – 12hl/ha. Very big and rich and seems rather marked by oak – although all these wines had the same oak regime. Savoury finish. This seems to have absorbed the oak less efficiently than the two other 2013 Ermitage Blancs. This tastes rather more like a white burgundy. Muscular and youthful. Lots to chew on! Jancis Robinson
brilliant and limpid straw yellow. complex aromas of vanilla, almonds, dried fruits and linden-tree. The minerality is marked (typical of the soil).
very round and rich wine. An elegant balance, with a light bitterness at the end. Very ripe white fruit aromas (peach and apricot). Beautiful length in mouth and a huge complexity. According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years, indeed from 50 to 75 years. ~home page
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