2019 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc
The 2019 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier, Rhone
French wine connoisseurs may find themselves enamoured with the 2019 vintage of Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc, meticulously produced by the acclaimed Chapoutier in Rhone. This selection yields a testament to three key elements of fine wine: precision, balance, and terroir-driven character.
An Investment Worthy Vintage
The 2019 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier projects itself as a reliable asset for long-term investment. Renowned for their meticulous winemaking process, Chapoutier has yet again proven their ability to carefully jostle the expressive nature of Marsanne grapes amidst the climatic influences distinctive to Rhone.
This vintage, indisputably casts its spell through a rich tapestry of aromas and flavours while upholding strength and finesse to withstand gradual maturation. The deep-seated capacity for further development promises an escalating value over time, hence potentially rewarding wine investors with attractively returns.
A Memorable Vintage of Distinction
The 2019 vintage was one that brought Cronus’ generosity and Mercury’s finesse into alignment for Rhone Valley wines. This benevolent climate allowed the Marsanne grapes to unfold their aromatic potential wholly, granting the Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc an unmatched verve and liveliness.
Fusing mineral complexity with delicate floral undertones and a compelling fruit intensity, this Blanc from Chapoutier displays an audacious yet harmonious palate that will dazzle even the most discerning oenophiles.
Sumptuous textures of apricot essence, pear compote and nuanced honey make a lasting impression. As the journey unfolds, peppery spices and an echo of ginger offer an unexpected twist making every sip an adventure untold.
Savouring this vintage is akin to traversing the rustic beauty of Rhone, with the sun-kissed soil and temperate climate manifesting in every droplet.
The 2019 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier is a vintage that not only offers enchanting complexity for sensory enjoyment, but also possesses remarkable investment potential. Its balance between opulent flavour expression and poised structure vouches for its promising future maturation, making it an addition to consider for any serious wine investor's portfolio.
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Scores and tasting notes
The star of Chapoutier's white Hermitage lineup this year is the 2019 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc, which manages to marry tremendous ripeness and power with structural ribs of granite. Hints of flamed citrus zest appear on the nose alongside pear, melon and pineapple shadings, while the medium to full-bodied palate is open and generous, yet supported and shaped by tremendous underlying dry extract and what Michel Chapoutier describes as "noble bitterness." Notes of crushed stone and citrus zest linger endlessly on the finish, which positively reverberates with low-key energy that's in perfect harmony with the richness and opulence on display. This is delicious now, but I suspect it will be better—like many top white Hermitages—in 10-15 years.
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate, 13 May 2021