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2005 Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc
Varietal: Marsanne
Vintage: 2005
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Rating:  100
Quantity: Currently out of stock.
Price: $275.55
Currently out of stock.

2005 Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc
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This is one of the greatest dry white wines I have ever tasted. The 1999 Ermitage l'Ermite is a liquid mineral, crystalline expression. It is the essence of its grape as well as terroir. It may be the greatest expression of terroir I have seen outside of a handful of Alsatian Rieslings (Clos Ste. Hune comes to mind). It has that transparent character that terroiristes talk more about than actually recognize. Drinking it is like consuming a liquified stony concoction mixed with white flowers, licorice, and honeyed fruits. It is frightfully pure, dense, and well-delineated. As I said last year, ""There is no real fruit character, just glycerin, alcohol, and liquid stones."" That's about it, but, wow, what an expression! Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050. This is for the connoisseur of rare wines. Along with Gerard and Jean-Louis Chave, Chapoutier is producing the finest expressions of white Hermitage. His single vineyard cuvees are to die for if you like these eccentric, idiosyncratic, mammoth dry whites. RP
WA100