Chapoutier   Ermitage lErmite Blanc

2006 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc

By Chapoutier

2006 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier, Rhone

The world of fine wine, especially for those investing in it, is one that requires a deep appreciation for both the art and science that goes into producing a truly outstanding vintage. One such sublime creation is the 2006 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier.


A Vintage Shaped by Nature's Whims

The year 2006 was a testing one in the Rhone valley, with the vineyards subjected to an early spring frost followed by a temperamental summer. Nonetheless, like diamonds honed under great pressure, the fruits born out of these conditions flourished into vintages of remarkable complexity and character.

The 2006 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier are amongst these rare gems. While hints of this wine's typical Marsanne mineral vivacity remain evident, they become closely intertwined with deeper notes of honeyed pear, toasted nutmeg, and rich vegetation influenced by the year's unique climatic conditions.


Investing in Exceptionality

Savvy wine investors have shown particular interest in this Chapoutier creation. Its distinct qualities position it in a league of its own within their portfolios aligning high potential financial return with olfactory pleasure. Indeed, this combination of unexpected climatic challenges and meticulous vinification has resulted in an investment-grade vintage that embodies the complexity and depth that makes fine wine so sought after.


In a Class of its Own

Despite having to draw its sustenance from Rhone's granite-rich soil during challenging climatic circumstances in 2006, or perhaps because of it, this Ermitage-l'Ermite-Blanc offers a magnifying-glass view of the vintage. Its sublime balance of rich fruit and mineral elements, coupled with an asset-like potential for longevity, makes this from Chapoutier a wine investor's dream.


Final Thoughts

In the world of fine wines and investment-grade vintages, the 2006 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier emerges as an exceptional confluence of nature's whims, human craft, and financial opportunity. Investors can savor its unique interpretations of Rhone's terroir and year-long climatic narrative while anticipating a rich return on their spirited investment.

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The lightest colored of the three whites, the 2006 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc is unquestionably one of the greatest white wines in the world today. Full-bodied, seamless, silky and yet hugely concentrated, with to-die-for notes of praline, caramelized fruits, liquid rock, toasted almonds and celery seed, it’s the quintessential Hermitage Blanc possessing an incredible amount of fruit and texture paired with elegance, purity and finesse.

Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate, 28 February 2017

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