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2010 M. Chapoutier "l'Ermite" Ermitage Rouge (cracked capsule)

SKU #1519374 100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2010 Ermitage l’Ermite is another perfect wine. Completely different than Le Pavillon, l’Ermite is always slightly more austere. It comes from a 7.5-acre parcel of sandy, granitic soils at the top of the Hill of Hermitage that produces both red and white compelling Hermitages, somewhat unusual in this tiny appellation. The black/purple-colored 2010 l’Ermite exhibits a tight, more mineral-dominated set of aromatics offering up hints of blue and black fruits, charcoal, steak tartare and an unmistakable floral note. This full-bodied, more austere and tannic effort reveals extraordinary weight, palate penetration and purity. It represents the concentrated essence of a specific site as well as the Syrah grape planted in this magical appellation. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2012)

99 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Stunning, with a seemingly bottomless well of blackberry confiture, plum sauce and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors allied to an intense wrought-iron spine that lends an authoritative feel through the finish. An intense, strident, supremely confident rendering of terrific terroir in a superb vintage. Inner quote mark (10/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Glass-staining purple. Powerful, room-filling aromas of dark fruit liqueur, sandalwood, mocha, licorice and potpourri. Stains the palate with weighty dark berry and bitter cherry flavors, a sappy floral pastille nuance adding an exotic touch. Silky tannins come up with air and build through a remarkably long, chewy, smoke- and spice-accented finish. This wine has gained structure and power since last year and really should be stashed away and forgotten for a good long while. Inner quote mark (3/2013)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Spicy and rich yet dry and smooth and polished. Sweet, sinewy. But for the very long term. Very firm chewy end. 18.5/20 points. Inner quote mark (10/2011)


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