m. chapoutier, hermitage, l'ermite rouge 2014
WINE SPECTATOR
96
VINOUS
95

2014 m. chapoutier, hermitage, l'ermite rouge

Why We're Buying

M. Chapoutier captures the best of the Hermitage appellation and distills it into a single bottle of wine. The biodynamic syrah produces a symphony of rich flavors and aromas. Wine critic Robert Parker has christened this $300+ red wine with three six perfect scores since 1996. (Fun Fact: M. Chapoutier also makes l'Emerite Blanc, which has earned the most 100-point ratings from Parker (11)).

Critics Scores

WINE SPECTATOR
96

Wine Spectator

This has a solid bass line, with notes of anise, blackberry and plum steeped together, carried by a grippy, cocoa-edged structure. The back half is all cut and drive, showing brambly energy and a lovely singed juniper element.

VINOUS
95

Vinous

Inky ruby. Bright, intensely perfumed aromas of red and dark berry preserves, smoky Indian spices and potpourri are given vivacity by a vibrant mineral nuance. Fresh and pure, displaying deeply concentrated boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors along with suggestions of candied flowers and star anise. Strongly repeats the floral and mineral qualities on the long, penetrating finish, which features sneaky tannins and a sweet touch of cola

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
98

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2014 Ermitage l’Ermite is almost painfully backwards and tight, with a liquid rock-like character permeating its lead pencil, beef blood/iodine, liquid violets, and black and blue fruits. Possessing more concentration and depth than just about every other wine I was able to taste in the vintage, this full-bodied, structured, backwards beast of an Hermitage will need 5-7 years of cellaring and keep for three decades.