The eponymous vineyard grows on very poor granitic and shallow soils surrounding the chapel of "Ermite" at the top of the hill of Hermitage. The vineyard's elevated position, over 200 metres, allows long ripening at the end of the growing season, and its loess soils provide excellent drainage for rainwater. The age of the vines averages over 80 years. This wine is the most individual statement in the Hermitage appellation, and the most prized for followers of M. Chapoutier's grandest of crus; L'Ermite traditionally produces the most elegant and aromatic Hermitage. It has powerful tannins, smoky notes and black pepper - the perfect expression of Syrah grown on granite soils.
Syrah from 80 year old vines.
Very poor granite soils, located at the top of the hermitage hill, around the chapel, in a place called the Ermite.
Hand harvesting which takes place at a late date in order to obtain the natural proof of over 13°C.
The harvest which is 100 % destemmed is matured in a cement vat. Maceration lasts from 5 to 6 weeks. The temperature does not exceed 32°C to enable good quality extraction.
After alcoholic and malolactic fermentation the wine is transferred immediately into new casks to be matured from 14 to 18 months. The wine is unfiltered and unfined.
Ageing potential: +25 years
Roast beef. Large game.