M. Chapoutier : L'Ermite 1999

 Incl. VAT & DP1 Magnum (1,5l)
Parker : 96 / 100
J. Robinson : 17.5+ / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 1999 Ermitage l'Ermite is a wine that borders on perfection compared to its backward performance last year from barrel. Sadly, there are usually 500-600 cases of the cuvee, but in 1999 only 400 were produced. It comes from Chapoutier's oldest vines (most over 100 years of age), and represents the essence of both Hermitage and Syrah. From bottle, the 1999 l'Ermite reveals an old style Lafleur character in its kirsch liqueur intermixed with raspberries, blackberries, and striking minerality. It has put on considerable weight since last year, but is essentially an elegant, ethereal effort with incredible intensity as well as amazing lightness. It is a phenomenal expression of terroir. However, be forewarned, anyone expecting to derive a lot of pleasure from this before another fifteen years elapse, will be disappointed. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2060.
Rhone ValleyErmitage
Vineyard
Cotes du Rhone Septentrionales

Alcohol
13.5

Dessert wine
No

Environment
Organic wines

J. Robinson
17.5+

Wine Spectator
95

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Grape varieties
Syrah

Area
Rhone Valley

Appellation
Ermitage

Color
Red

Producer
M. Chapoutier

Parker
96

Allergens
Contains sulphites