m. chapoutier, hermitage, l'ermite blanc 2015
WINE SPECTATOR
98
VINOUS
96

2015 m. chapoutier, hermitage, l'ermite blanc

Why We're Buying

Words fail to adequately describe M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc. It has received perfect ratings come critics every year from 2012 to 2017. Jeb Dunnuck has called it "a legendary white," while Robert Parker has said, "white wine simply doesn't get any better." Price should not be a consideration when investing in this marsanne. But, in case you were wondering, it returned 62.1% from 2017 to 2021.

Critics Scores

WINE SPECTATOR
98

Wine Spectator

Bright and pure, with a beautiful core of white peach, heather, yellow apple, star fruit and mirabelle plum notes backed by light citrus oil and verbena threads on the finish. Shows energy and tension throughout, with depth in reserve thanks to a long quinine echo at the end. Really stunning. Drink now through 2040. (JM) Inner quote mark (9/2018)

VINOUS
96

Vinous

Bright gold. Powerful, mineral-accented orange pith, honeydew melon, nectarine and iodine scents show superb focus and vivacity. Displays an impressive blend of depth and finesse, offering deeply concentrated yet lithe citrus and pit fruit, honey and musky truffle flavors complemented by a subtle anise quality. Finishes remarkably long, delivering emphatic mineral cut and lift and suave, lingering floral and mineral notes.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
100

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

One of the most singular wines I’m able to taste each year is unquestionably the l’Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier and it certainly lives up to the billing in 2015. Offering what I can only describe as a liquid rock (a liqueur of rocks?) character intermixed with notes of buttered citrus, pineapple, smoked meats, charcoal and toast, the 2015 Ermitage l’Ermite is full-bodied, decadent and locked and loaded on the palate. It needs 2-3 years of cellaring and I suspect will keep for half a century.