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2010 Ermitage Blanc, l'Ermite, Michel Chapoutier

Ermitage Blanc, l'Ermite, Michel Chapoutier
From a tiny 0.5 hectare site of poor shallow granitic soils, located just behind the chapel at the top of the hill of Hermitage, this is a fine expression of the pure Marsanne. Flinty and dominated by notes of acacia, lemon grass and wild honey, this is one of the great white wines of the world, stylistically somewhere between a very great dry Loir e and a Montrachet. Shame there are only 2000 made per vintage. Bottles, that is, not cases.
Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer, February 2012

Amongst the most celebrated, rarest and over-subscribed wines in the Rhône Valley, the Selections Parcellaires are the finest expressiosn of terroir, mostly the soils of the Hill of Hermitage, the minutiae of which are painted with pointillist attention to detail and unparalleled expertise. Inevitably they are made in modest quantities. Do not be too taken aback by the fact that Michel drops his ‘h’s when describing his Ermitage. It is not an estuary French, rather an acknowledgement of ancient spelling.

Maison Chapoutier


Jancis Parker
18/20 98 - 100/100
Ermitage Blanc, l'Ermite, Michel Chapoutier
Ice-maiden nose – don’t touch me! Very intense but introvert and nervy. Very mineral. Reverberates on the finish. Magnificent!
(Jancis Robinson & Julia Harding MW - www.jancisrobinson.com - 20 Dec 2011)

Jancis Parker
18/20 98 - 100/100
Ermitage Blanc, l'Ermite, Michel Chapoutier
From the very top of the granite dome of Hermitage, the 2010 Ermitage L’Ermite Blanc is absolutely remarkable. One hundred percent old-vine Marsanne, this wine tastes like a liqueur of crushed rocks with hints of lemon and white peach oils, buttered brioche, wet steel and gun flint. With floral notes as well as such an intense minerality, this thick, unctuously textured wine still has remarkable acidity. It should be drunk over the next 50-75 years. All of these wines are produced from rigidly cultivated, bio-dynamically managed vineyards.

That has been the rule since Michel Chapoutier first took over this firm in the late 1980s. Now, with over 20 years of biodynamic viticulture under his belt, Chapoutier remains committed to this rather radical style of organic farming. He believes the effect is to reduce rot in damp, rainy vintages…Refusing to acidify, chaptalize, or touch the wines in any way, he clearly wants every wine to capture the very essence of its terroir and vintage personality...

As for the selections parcellaires of 2010 reds, Chapoutier likes this vintage almost as much as 2009, but feels it is very different, emphasizing more acidity and minerality, whereas 2009 is a combination of pure power, concentration and great potential longevity. Michel Chapoutier considers the 2009s, which are all in bottle, to be among the greatest wines he has ever produced, equaling his finest wines of 2006, 2003, 1999, 1990 and 1989.
(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate #197 Oct 2011)

Jancis Parker
18/20 98 - 100/100
Ermitage Blanc, l'Ermite, Michel Chapoutier
Product: 8638
Maturity: Drink 2014-2025+ (For laying down)
Vintage: 2010
Origin: France » Rhône » Hermitage Map of the region
Producer: Maison Chapoutier
Grape Variety: Marsanne
Style: Full Bodied, Dry, 14% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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Jancis Parker
18/20 98 - 100/100
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