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2012 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc

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2012 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier, Rhône, Rest of the World

A symphony in a bottle, the 2012 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier falls under the category of 'unicorns' in the world of oenophiles and investors alike. This extraordinary vintage, birthed from climatic idiosyncrasies of 2012 helps characterise its singularity and definite elegance.


A vintage for the ages

The year 2012 was noted for its climatic fluctuations which resulted in fewer yields but higher quality grapes. The critical climatic whims and whispers endowed the Rhône Valley with small but potent yields that carry a definitive expression of terroir.

Each sip of the 2012 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc reveals pronounced notes of crushed rocks, acacia flowers, quince, white currants and subtle background hint of wood. It's an investment in both taste and liquid assets.


An investment in flavour complexity

The wine opens up to offer a graceful dance between mineral-infused richness and a vibrantly youthful acidity creating an unforgettable palate experience. The layers unfold like the mysterious narrative of a skilled novelist, each page inviting further exploration.


White wine wizardry of Rhone

Made from Marsanne grapes grown on granite hillside hermitages, this is yet another testament to Chapoutier's wine-making expertise. The significance of terroir is not lost here as it constantly reminds one of its granite-based roots.

With an enticing promise of up to 75 years longevity, this advantageous fine white has not only prized collectors but savvy investment portfolios as well.


Wine investment's crowning jewel

The 2012 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier is indisputably one of Rhône's top whites. Its scarcity simply adds to its allure, and arguably its investment appeal.

In a world where investment wines are often associated with big Bordeaux names, this singular creation stands as an erudite testament to the brilliance of Rhône Valley and the wizardry of Chapoutier. Herein lies an investment that enthralls the palate and rewards patience.

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White wine simply doesn't get any better than the 2012 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc. A massive, concentrated, yet insanely pure and focused effort, it has an incredible bouquet (almond paste, orange rind, caramelized peach), full-bodied richness, no hard edges and finish that just won't quit. Of all the 2012 whites, this has the most minerality, purity and precision. I'd happily drink it anytime over the coming 3-4 decades.

Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate, 29 December 2014

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