2011 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
As expected, the 2011 Ermitage l’Ermite, which comes from the lieu-dit of the same name, is more backward and focused, with a slightly closed, tight profile. Slowly giving up ample cassis and black raspberry fruit, graphite, licorice and edgy minerality, it is full-bodied, deeply concentrated and tannic, yet still never puts a foot wrong and is perfectly balanced and seamless. Give it 3-4 years in the cellar and enjoy over the following two decades or more. (98+, JD)
Tightly coiled, with a briary frame around a core of intense steeped plum, red currant and black cherry fruit. An iron spine drives the focused finish. A wine of cut and precision that will need time to stretch out fully. Best from 2016 through 2030.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep, glass-staining ruby. A highly aromatic nose displays scents of blackcurrant, cherry-cola and violet, with a spicy topnote. Juicy, spicy and penetrating, with bright acidity energizing the flavors of cassis, blackberry, violet pastille and bitter chocolate. Intensely perfumed and pure, finishing with supple tannins and strong, spicy persistence.
Dark crimson. Very fruity nose. Big and bold and brawny. Glossy. Lots of ripeness followed by structure and tannins. Very youthful. Hint of liquorice. Some life and very substantial but not aggressively chewy. A bit flashier than the average Hermitage. 18/20 points.