All of the single vineyard Ermitages turned out as good as I had hoped, possibly even better. In short they are among the strongest wines one could hope for in this vintage. The 2004 Ermitage l’Ermite exhibits blueberry and floral notes with that undeniable minerality lurking beneath the surface. It is full-bodied, which is rather remarkable in this vintage, with serious concentration for a 2004 and sweetness to the tannin. This wine might well be the most approachable of these wines, and drink well young yet last for 15 or more years. (WA93, WS94)
- Alcohol %: 14%
- Decant Time: 2 hours
- Taste: aromatic, complex, floral, mineral, cassis, cracked pepper, full-bodied, muscular
- Food Matching: Grilled lamb chops, Beef bourguignon, Mushroom risotto, Aged hard cheeses
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The 2004 M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite is a testament to the grandeur of the Rhone's Hermitage appellation. This wine exudes a wonderfully aromatic and complex bouquet, where floral essences intertwine with mineral undertones, bold cassis fruit, and a hint of cracked pepper. On the palate, it reveals a full-bodied and muscular structure, indicative of its ability to age gracefully. Crafted with meticulous care, the wine is matured in oak, enhancing its stability and soft tannins. The granitic soils of the Hermitage hill contribute to the wine's distinctive character, while the late hand-harvesting ensures optimal alcohol content. This vintage is a true reflection of M. Chapoutier's commitment to organic and biodynamic principles, promising an exquisite experience for those who appreciate the art of fine winemaking.