2006 Ermitage l'Ermite
2006 Ermitage l'Ermite from Chapoutier, Rhone
In the stellar constellation of Rhone is a supernova that erupted in 2006, the Ermitage l'Ermite from Chapoutier. A singular expression of Syrah, it lays bare the resilience and profundity of this undaunted wine producer renowned for decades of oenological mastery. The 2006 vintage offers a compelling narrative for discerning wine investors, encapsulating the extraordinary events that occurred in Rhone that year.
An Assertive Character in a Turbulent Year
The 2006 vintage was noted for its challenging climatic conditions, with an unusually warm winter triggering early budbreak followed by a tempestuous summer. It was amidst these weather caprices that Ermitage l'Ermite prevailed. Created from the fruit of ancient Syrah vines, the vintage yields an unforgettable explication of place and time, their combined influence imprinted vividly on every bottle.
This red wine stands unflinching amidst gusts of adversity, demonstrating the heroic calibre of Chapoutier's vineyards. It's a compelling exemplar of how vine age and nuanced terroir can foster wines of unyielding character.
A Wine Investment Prospect Unfolds
Moving beyond its turbulence-borne triumphs, it’s essential to delve into what sets the 2006 Ermitage l’Ermite apart. The wine emanates with authoritative essences; dark fruit notes intertwine effortlessly with terrestrial undertones and sweet spice nuances. An articulate synchrony traces the path from nose to palate justifying its stature within an investment portfolio.
On the palate, it issues a riveting proclamation; rivulets of blackberry, plum, and peppery spice underlain by hints of graphite, capped with a lingering finish that redeems every promise made by this remarkable vintage.
Perseverance Ensues a Vintage to Remember
Any discussion of the 2006 Ermitage l’Ermite from Chapoutier must dwell on its resilience amidst the region's climatic vicissitudes. A veritable Phoenix leveraged from Ashes. This vintage pays testimony to the drama ignited by Earth's seasons and is an eloquent homage to the industry of human intent.
Not just sustenance but narrative, the 2006 Ermitage l'Ermite promises any wine investment portfolio a blend not only rich in flavour, but also in history and enduring value.
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Scores and tasting notes
More taut, focused and chiseled than the le Pavillon, the blockbuster 2006 Ermitage L'Ermite offers full-bodied richness, a liquid rock-like minerality and sensational notes of black currants, bloody meat, licorice and spice. Reminding me of the 1995, with sensational depth, purity and length, this incredible wine won’t hit maturity for another decade, and will keep for 2-3 decades.
Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate, 28 February 2017