Rhone - 2010 - Ermitage l'Ermite - Chapoutier

  • Region: Rhone
  • Producer: Chapoutier
  • Vintage: 2010
  • Rating: 100
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Tasting Notes

Rating

100

Release Price

$175 - 250

Drink Date

2022 - 2072

Reviewed by

Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Issue Date

27th Dec 2012

Source

204, The Wine Advocate

The 2010 Ermitage l’Ermite (454 cases produced) is another perfect wine. Completely different than Le Pavillon, l’Ermite is always slightly more austere. It comes from a 7.5-acre parcel of sandy, granitic soils at the top of the Hill of Hermitage that produces both red and white compelling Hermitages, somewhat unusual in this tiny appellation. The black/purple-colored 2010 l’Ermite exhibits a tight, more mineral-dominated set of aromatics offering up hints of blue and black fruits, charcoal, steak tartare and an unmistakable floral note. This full-bodied, more austere and tannic effort reveals extraordinary weight, palate penetration and purity. It represents the concentrated essence of a specific site as well as the Syrah grape planted in this magical appellation. Forgot it for 10-15 years, possibly two decades, and drink it over the following 50-75 years.