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2018 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Blanc

SKU #1550800 100 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Another truly flawless wine from this dream team is the 2018 Ermitage L’Ermite Blanc, which comes from a vineyard located at the top of Hermitage Hill and was brought up in 20-25% new demi-muids. Offering a magical bouquet of liqueur of rock, quince, poached pears, orange blossom, and honeysuckle, it's a powerful, super-rich, expressive, full-bodied white that could come from nowhere else in the world. It's approachable today (it needs plenty of air) yet won't hit prime for another 7-8 years or so. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

98-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Chapoutier's colossal 2018 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc is a candidate for a perfect score, marrying crisp, stony, structural elements with an off-the-charts level of pineapple, citrus and melon fruit. Full-bodied yet fresh, round yet focused, it's a somehow harmonious expression of several seeming contradictions and should amaze drinkers for decades to come. (JC) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

98 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This is rich and piercing at the same time, with jasmine, peach, mango and yellow apple fruit flavors forming a juicy, concentrated core offset by racy chamomile, quinine and honeysuckle notes that add considerable detail throughout. A fresh salted butter element echoes through the finish as the fruit, floral and mineral aspects meld seamlessly. A stunner. (JM) Inner quote mark (8/2021)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Mineral-driven citrus pith, orchard and pit fruits on the highly perfumed nose, along with iodine and pungent floral nuances. Sappy pear nectar, Meyer lemon and peach flavors stain the palate and take on a hint of smokiness as the wine opens up. Displays superb tension and sharp focus on the finish, which lingers with noteworthy, mineral-dominated persistence. (JR) Inner quote mark (5/2020)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This has a gentle, almond nougat aroma and a touch of rhubarb with gentle honeycomb edging to the pear and mango fruit. It's still distinctly saline and buzzing with energy, but more immediately drinkable than a more classic recent vintage of L'Ermite Blanc. The yields were 32hl/ha, very high for this domaine, and it doesn't currently provide the impact of more concentrated, lower yielding years. From some pre-phylloxera vines from 1860. Michel explains that the soils on this lieu-dit are ‘granilite’ - granite with a touch of calcium - a rare kind of alkaline granite. 80% matured in demi-muid, 15% new oak; the rest in stainless steel barrels. (MW) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Tank sample. Smoky and thick, with green apple, quince and something almost sherry-esque – gives a really savoury snap on the finish. Fresh tobacco scent on the length. Loads of volume, but doesn’t overdo it, giving flesh that doesn’t obscure the bones. 18.5/20 points (RH) Inner quote mark (6/2019)

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