- M. Chapoutier
- 2018 - 2045
- Case size
- Available Now
Jancis Robinson, April 2010,
3 ha, 100% Syrah. The plot is situated at the top of the Hermitage Hill, around the chapel. The elevated position of the vineyard, over 200 m, allows long ripening at the end of the growing season. The soil of loess provides excellent drainage for rainwater. Vines are over 80 years old and are planted on granitic poor soils. L’Ermite traditionally produces the most elegant and aromatic Ermitage. This almost looks like port in the glass. Much more open on the nose than Le Méal and arguably more recognisably Syrah. Like super-de-luxe Syrah, such opulence but no sweetness. It finishes dry with masses of ripe tannin but there is great seductive perfume on the nose. Wonderful texture. Surely this will drink well for a long time? Great balance already. It is so user-friendly it almost seems tarty at first but there is no surplus sweetness nor obvious alcohol – and certainly no trace of oak. The vineyard expression is the thing! Drink 2018-2045
The name Chapoutier has been present in the Rhône Valley since 1808. In 1879, the distant ancestor Polydor Chapoutier was the first to begin to buy vines, thus moving from the status of wine-grower of an estate to that of a viticulturist, a wine producer and a businessman. Seven generations later, we find Michel, forty something, with a real passion for the expression of soils, at the head of this exceptional vineyard. This young, determined man has succeeded in combining the past with daring and creativity. Michel took the domaine entirely biodynamic and eschews the use of cultured yeasts. His favoured approach is to avoid the use of press wine.
Hermitage is a region that produces both red and white wines. Its famous red is made from 100% Syrah while the white is produced from Marsanne and/or Roussanne. A sweeter and very rare white wine is also produced from grapes that have been dried on straw before being pressed. A slighter warmer micro-climate enables Hermitage's red wines to have more ripeness and structure than Côte Rôtie which adds additional power and longevity. As a result, they are usually the most ‘masculine' styled reds in all of the northern Rhône.