2015 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the most singular wines I’m able to taste each year is unquestionably the l’Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier and it certainly lives up to the billing in 2015. Offering what I can only describe as a liquid rock (a liqueur of rocks?) character intermixed with notes of buttered citrus, pineapple, smoked meats, charcoal and toast, the 2015 Ermitage l’Ermite is full-bodied, decadent and locked and loaded on the palate. It needs 2-3 years of cellaring and I suspect will keep for half a century
The 2015 Ermitage White L'Ermite is scintillating, with a plum of fresh chalk leading the way, followed quickly by verbena, quinine and chamomile notes before finally the white peach fruit catches up. When it does, everything zooms together through a remarkably long finish that has a mouthwatering fleur de sel note buried deeply. It's impossible for me to pick a single desert-island wine, but if I could pick just a few, this would be among them.