2013 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Blanc

SKU #1259530 100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Completing a trifecta of perfect whites, the 2013 Ermitage l’Ermite Blanc is another sensational effort that offers incredible minerality/liquid rock in its pineapple, tangerine, flower oil, mint and caramelized citrus-driven bouquet. Full-bodied and beautiful on the palate, with more tension and focus than the Cuvee de L’Orée or le Meal, it has perfectly balanced richness, structure and freshness, with no hard edges and a blockbuster finish. It won't be accessible for another 3-4 years and will most likely be immortal in the cellar. (JD)  (12/2014)

98 points Wine Spectator

 Beautiful, with acacia and jasmine notes giving this an almost piercing feel before the core of Jonagold apple, white peach and mirabelle plum quickly fills in behind them. The finish is a rapier, which is amazing considering the depth here, as mouthwatering salted butter and quinine details race through. One of the world's truly amazing wines. Best from 2018 through 2035. (JM)  (6/2016)

95 points Vinous

 Limpid gold. A highly perfumed and complex nose evokes mineral-accented orchard fruits and melon, backed by hints of smoke, iodine and vanilla. Densely packed pear, honeydew and tangerine flavors are energized by a zesty ginger quality and a repeating mineral note. Closes with superb thrust and persistence, leaving behind notes of pear skin and chalky minerals. (JR)  (3/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 0.5 ha, 100% Marsanne. This wine is made from a selection of Chapoutier’s oldest Marsanne (some more than 100 years old) situated at the top of the Hermitage hill, behind the chapel, at a place named the Ermite and planted on poor granitic and shallow soils (An alkaline granite, the only one in which you can grow truffles). This is the most structured Chapoutier white Hermitage. Yields are very low -- 12hl/ha. Very big and rich and seems rather marked by oak -- although all these wines had the same oak regime. Savoury finish. This seems to have absorbed the oak less efficiently than the two other 2013 Ermitage Blancs. This tastes rather more like a white burgundy. Muscular and youthful. Lots to chew on! 17.5/20 points. Drink 2018-2028.  (4/2014)

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Marsanne

- If you've ever enjoyed the white wines of France's Rhône Valley, then you've probably inhaled the intoxicating honeysuckle and almond perfume of Marsanne. Most often blended with Roussanne and, increasingly, Viognier, Marsanne adds body and perfume to the wines of St-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage and St-Péray. It also planted in small amounts in Australia and the United States, where California's Rhône Rangers have embraced it. Aliases include Ermitage, Hermitage Blanc, Marsana and Grosse Roussette.
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France

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Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
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Hermitage/Crozes-Hermitage