M Chapoutier l'Ermite Rouge Ermitage Premier 2010
"Crushed rock, spring flowers and a liqueur of granite are all present in the inky/purple colored 2010 Ermitage L’Ermite. It is almost a crime trying to describe a wine such as this, since so few people will ever get to taste it in its full prime, which is probably a good 25-30 years away. Super-pure, rich and full-bodied, this is a great example from Michel Chapoutier, certainly up there with the top vintages of this wine to date...98-100" WA 12/11 "Bright purple. Black raspberry, licorice, dark chocolate and incense on the intensely perfumed nose. Lush, sweet and primary, with deeply pitched flavors of blackberry and candied violet. Supple tannins add shape to an endless, vibrant, sharply focused finish. This highly promising wine is almost shockingly approachable as well...95-97" IWC 3/12
The name CHAPOUTIER is present in the Rhône Valley since 1808. In 1879, the distant ancestor Polydor CHAPOUTIER was the first to begin to buy vines, thus moving from the status of wine-grower of an estate to that of a viticulturist, a wine producer and a businessman. The pioneering spirit was already present in the family.