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2000 Ermitage L'Ermite Rouge M. Chapoutier (750ml)
Producer: M. Chapoutier chapoutier.com
Appellation: Hermitage - Vallée du Rhône - France (AOC)
Type: red
Varietal: Syrah
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$142.00
Tasting Notes:
tasted: December 25, 2010 , ted kirkpatrick
99 points "Color: dark; Nose: complex; Aromas: black berry; Acidity: supple; Sweetness: dry; Body: tannic; Finish: very persistent; Overall: well balanced; On first day appeared somewhat out of balance...but a virtually perfect wine on the second day. Incredibly complex nose of mineral, plum, tar, game, floral, dark fruit. Very smooth on palate with taste blackberry, cassis, lead, spices....a wow!! wine" Best 2010-
rated: July 27, 2005 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
99 points "I grossly underestimated the 2000 Ermitage l'Ermite from barrel. This wine, which emerges from largely pre-phylloxera vines planted on the dome of Hermitage, adjacent to the chapel that is perched there so photogenically, possesses extraordinary finesse and elegance. It reveals notes of liquid minerals intermixed with kirsch liqueur and blackberries. While it never possesses the power and breadth of flavor of Le Meal or Le Pavillon, l'Ermite appears to be a hypothetical blend of Bordeaux's Lafleur and Ausone as it always displays a certain austerity early in life. The extraordinary 2000 flirts with perfection. A provocative wine with great minerality, finesse, and delineation, it blew me away when I tasted it from bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2035." Best 2009-2035