2018 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc
2018 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc by Chapoutier, Rhone
No portfolio of fine wines would be complete without a sample of the eminent 2018 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier, bearing illustrious provenance from the robust and respected Rhone region. Michel Chapoutier’s rich history of meticulous craftsmanship couples effortlessly with the unique attributes conferred by the intense climatic idiosyncrasies marking 2018 in Rhone.
Nature's signature in a bountiful glass
The 2018 growing season was praised for its paradigm-shifting warmth, imparting an invigorated richness remarkably captured in this Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc. Investors with intuitive perception will appreciate the tantalizing evolution presented here—a vintage that strikingly encapsulates the enigma of terroir meets timing.
An expressive wine, it revives sommelier senses with an intriguing complexity, exhibiting a bold intertwining of succulent stone fruits and delicate wildflowers melding into piquant notes of honey and refreshing minerality. This balance speaks volumes of the vintner’s prowess and conveys to the discerning palate a narrative about Rhone's 2018 season.
2018: A year of expressive climatic undertones
The year 2018 will be etched into Rhone wine folklore, its imprint manifested in memorable vintages like this Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc, thanks to a hot summer that nurtured grapes with amplified colour intensity and unparalleled sweetness. This has resulted in an iteration of amplitude and grace that considerably boosts the depth in a wine collection.
The bottle not only encapsulates the esoteric essence behind its creation but also whispers tales of sunny days and spirited vines. It embodies the ebullient passion of Michel Chapoutier’s winemaking endeavor, the symphony of seasonal oscillations and the harmonized dance of maturation that constitutes a notable, potentially desirable investment.
A triumphant toast to 2018
In retrospect, the 2018 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier gracefully navigates through climatic rollercoasters, translating them into a memorable experience on the palate. A shimmering lodestar in Rhone 2018's vinous constellation - a testament to untamed nature skillfully tamed. For investors yearning for vivacity and future return, this Theatre of the Vines produces an aromatic and gustatory spectacle that is arduously unforgettable.
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Scores and tasting notes
Chapoutier's colossal 2018 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc is a candidate for a perfect score, marrying crisp, stony, structural elements with an off-the-charts level of pineapple, citrus and melon fruit. Full-bodied yet fresh, round yet focused, it's a somehow harmonious expression of several seeming contradictions and should amaze drinkers for decades to come.
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate, 19 December 2019