Chapoutier   Ermitage lErmite

2013 Ermitage l'Ermite

By Chapoutier

The 2013 Ermitage l’Ermite from Chapoutier, Rhone

Seasoned wine aficionados would attest to the radiance of the 2013 Ermitage l'Ermite from illustrious vintner, Chapoutier. Positioned in France's celebrated Rhone region, this production punctuates our expectations of what a truly indulging, high-end wine can offer.

 

The Embodiment of Precision and Perfection

In the world of fine wines and dexterous winemaking, a deft balance between unique attributes and favourable universal characteristics is devoutly sought after. The 2013 Ermitage l'Ermite from Chapoutier is a testament to the vintner's cherishing of tradition and pursuit of innovation.

The vintage presents an exceptional profile that combines the firm structure associated with Northern Rhone varietals with a generous depth of flavour, capturing the climate conditions underlying its harvest year. Water conditions in the Rhone during this vintage empowered this Syrah to demonstrate an opulence that stands apart from its contemporaries.

 

A Palette Brimming with Heritage and Harmony

A beguiling nose of wild herbs and blackcurrants sets the stage for this formidable performance. On tasting, the sensation unfolds with undertones of black pepper and cocoa immediately presenting themselves, loud and clear. Richly concentrated dark fruits harmonise majestically with graceful tannins to orchestrate an immersive and eloquent symphony on your palate.

The conclusion, however, is where 2013 truly distinguishes itself - finishing smooth, long-lasting, and imbued with a pleasing hint of minerality that resonates on your palate — an echo of the granitic soils native to Hermitage hill.

 

Investing in an Epic Vintage

As both a hedonistic pleasure for the diligent oenophiles or a notable addition to a discerning investor’s portfolio, the 2013 Ermitage l'Ermite has made its renown as one of Chapoutier's finest creations. The attraction for investors lies not only in its robust market returns but its promising future cellaring potential. This compelling vintage is positioned as an exemplar of refined Rhone production and a testament to Chapoutier’s masterful skills; a significant contribution towards enhancing the value proposition for savvy fine wine investors.

In summary, the 2013 Ermitage l’Ermite is a sterling occupation of the intersection where pleasure meets prudent investment — a beacon of what Northern Rhone varietals can attain under optimal conditions and with skilled cultivation.

Market price (GBP)

£1,840.00

12x75cl

Highest score

96

POP score

115

Scores and tasting notes

96

More backwards, tight and structured than either the Méal or the Pavillon, the 2013 Ermitage l’Ermite was similarly completely destemmed and raised in a scant 30% new French oak. Inky purple/blue colored, it reluctantly yields incredibly mineral-laced notes of charcoal, liquid rock, cassis, black currants and graphite. While it’s less approachable than either of the two other Hermitages, it has fabulous density and depth, ripe tannin and incredible persistence on the finish. Hide these in the cellar for a decade, and enjoy over the following three to four decades.

Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate, 30 December 2015

Vintage performance