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  • Decanting time

    45min
  • When to drink

    2020-2025
  • Food Pairing

    Game

The Story

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.

Grape variety

Syrah from 80 year old vines.

 Soil

Very poor granite soils, located at the top of the hermitage hill, around the chapel, in a place called the Ermite. 

 Harvesting

Hand harvesting which takes place at a late date in order to obtain the natural proof of over 13°C.

 Vinification

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.

 Maturing

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

 Matching food

Roast beef. Large game.

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Dense and spicy with fresh herbs. Like a Mediterranean field. Back fruits But overall, is quite dull. Tired. It has flavours but they certainly do not leap out of the glass. Fails to impress but one struggles to believe that this is as it should be.
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Origin

Cornas, Rhône

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Ermitage L´Ermite 2005  ( M. Chapoutier )

"Dense and spicy with fresh herbs. Like a Mediterranean field. Back fruits But overall, is quite dull. Tired. It has flavours but they certainly do not leap out of the glass. Fails to impress but one struggles to believe that this is as it should be.
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