M. Chapoutier Ermitage L’Ermite 2012 (750ml)

M. Chapoutier Ermitage L’Ermite Rouge 2012 (750ml)

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Another wine that topped out on my scale, the 523-case 2012 Ermitage l'Ermite is as profound an Hermitage as you can find. Coming from the granite soils located around the Chapel on the top of Hermitage hill, it's always the most tight, backward and structured of the releases, even more so than the Pavillon, which always seems to have another layer of sweet fruit to me. The 2012 is deeper and richer than the 2011, yet as with most 2012s, it more approachable and forward than the 2010 (and 2009 in this case). Exhibiting awesome notes of powdered rock, creme de cassis, liquid violets and lite gunpowder, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, awesome mid-palate depth and building, ultra-fine tannin that frame the finish. It's an incredible wine that will won't start to become approachable until a decade after the vintage, and then will keep for three decades. Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

Region: Hermitage, Northern Rhone, Rhone, France

Grape Varietal: 100% Syrah

Critic Rating: Wine Advocate 100 Points

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