Bid on this bottle of 2005 M. Chapoutier "l'Ermite" Ermitage Blanc (97WS, 95RP, 95ST). Wine Spectator: "Very rich, but racy and well-focused, with a great minerally underpinning to the fresh butter, chamomile, yellow apple, anise, jasmine rice, hazelnut and fresh chanterelle notes. Long, creamy finish." (06/2008)
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2005 M. Chapoutier "l'Ermite" Ermitage Blanc (qty: 1)
Very rich, but racy and well-focused, with a great minerally underpinning to the fresh butter, chamomile, yellow apple, anise, jasmine rice, hazelnut and fresh chanterelle notes. Long, creamy finish.
At the very top of the appellation’s dome of decomposed granite is l’Ermite. This wine is the equivalent of drinking liquified rocks.The 2005 Ermitage l’Ermite blanc has that multi-layered mouthfeel, an extraordinary nose of intense minerality, quince, and white fruits. Some of the vines in this parcel are 130 years old, and the wine has over-the-top richness yet amazing acidity, depth, and a freshness that is hard to believe given its power and intensity. (RP)
Yellow-gold. Smoky, mineral-dominated bouquet offers an explosion of orchard and pit fruits, fresh flowers, herbs and smoky minerals, with exotic spices adding complexity. Mineral-saturated pear, orange and white truffles on the palate, with nervy acidity adding spine. Takes over the palate with deeply concentrated white and yellow fruit compote flavors, and finishes with smoky mineral grip. This is strongly reminiscent of a Montrachet. (JR)
Chapoutier’s oldest Marsanne vines on granite at the top of the hill. Broad putty-like, almost (attractive) varnish on the nose -- then extremely nervy on the palate with a really strong vein of liquorice, plus a hit of lemon cough drops. More muscular and sinewy than the Meal. Lots of energy here too. Still quite chewy. Best wait for quite a while. Just a slight weakness on the finish. (JR) 18.5/20