Chapoutier   Ermitage lErmite Blanc

2003 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc

By Chapoutier

2003 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc by Chapoutier, Rhone

The 2003 Ermitage l’Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier is an embodiment of the age-old terroirs of the Rhône Valley in France. This historic region has been producing iconic wines for centuries and this vintage weaves a tale of enduring elegance and richness within each bottle.


Unearthing the essence of a unique vintage

The year 2003 in Rhône was unlike any other with unforeseen weather conditions creating unique challenges for wine producers. The region's typical cool nights were virtually non-existent, making ripening an intricate dance. However, the result was the creation of wine with intense concentration and daring complexity. One such fine example is the 2003 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier.

This white wine is brimming with charm, showcasing compelling depth and an impressive mouthfeel. As a quintessential Marsanne, it reveals seductive notes of honeyed citrus, orchard fruits, smoky minerals, and a kiss of barrique on the palate.


Structure and longevity, hallmarks of a worthy investment

The genius in holding onto a bottle like this one lies in its ageing prowess. Wine investment offers not only financial returns but also the immense pleasure that emerges as the wine matures; a trait to look out for when considering long-term investment opportunities in fine wines.


A vintage capturing more than sunlight

Crafted under Chapoutier’s expert supervision, this vintage has flourished over years into an intriguing potpourri of aromas and flavours. You can't help but admire it as one of the industry's artful testimonies to overcoming adversity with finesse. Despite encountering such extraordinary climatic conditions, Chapoutier has masterfully translated the distinct characteristics of the year into a wine that is rich, enduring and ever-evolving.


A summarised nod to brilliance

In conclusion, the 2003 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier transcends time with its titillating narrative etched in each bottle. A symbol of climatic victory and winemaking skill, it is an intriguing blend of both the known and lived, stirringly resonating its journey from vine to glass. An investment in such a wine isn't merely financial; It's a pledge to historical value and authentic craftsmanship.

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Nearly scary in its intensity and over-the-top liqueur of stones and minerals is the 2003 Ermitage l’Ermite blanc. I’ll keep my tasting notes brief as there are less than 60 cases of this extraordinary wine. It represents the essence of marmalade, citrus oil, white flowers, and minerals. This great dry white wine is undoubtedly 2-3 times more concentrated than the greatest Montrachets I have ever tasted. Importer: Paterno Imports, Lake Bluff, IL; tel. (847) 604-8900

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 February 2006

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