2021 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1651939 98 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Piercing intensity on the nose, there's mango, candied citrus peels and salt. Only medium-bodied, but it's an athletic, precise and hugely energetic Ermite, with really driving, focused acidity and immense salty minerality. Straight, long, and intense. Rather than the extract and concentration of some recent warmer vintages, this has immense drive. (MW) Inner quote mark (9/2022)

96-98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Not yet bottled (this cuvée always sees a slightly longer élevage), the 2021 Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc comes from a mix of limestone and granite soils and is still resting in 25% new demi-muids. If there's a white of the vintage, this might be it. Honeyed lemons, quince, mango, and a liqueur of rocks-like minerality all define the aromatics, and it's medium to full-bodied, deep, concentrated, and pure, with an undeniable salinity on the finish. As usual, this tight, focused, and backward Hermitage needs at least 3-4 years of bottle age. Inner quote mark (12/2022)

K&L Notes

John Livingstone Learmonth The Cradle of the Rhone: "bottled two days ago: gold-hued robe; cordite, ginger, apricot juice, white peach feature in a nose of varied prompts, even when young; it holds well. The palate starts coolly, comes with lovely finesse, is under wraps, but has very continuous flow, late on showing mint, freshness, cut. The details here accumulate into a good ensemble - indeed it’s more detailed than the Méal blanc 2021, which is as it should be; towards the finish, it has freedom, good lift there, the space to fly, is extremely elegant. The aftertaste is salted, carries rocky notes. It’s high interest wine, well worth the study. 2054-56." (01/2022)

Price: $449.99

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