m. chapoutier, hermitage, l'ermite blanc 2013
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Completing a trifecta of perfect whites, the 2013 Ermitage l’Ermite Blanc is another sensational effort that offers incredible minerality/liquid rock in its pineapple, tangerine, flower oil, mint and caramelized citrus-driven bouquet. Full-bodied and beautiful on the palate, with more tension and focus than the Cuvee de L’Orée or le Meal, it has perfectly balanced richness, structure and freshness, with no hard edges and a blockbuster finish. It won't be accessible for another 3-4 years and will most likely be immortal in the cellar.
Beautiful, with acacia and jasmine notes giving this an almost piercing feel before the core of Jonagold apple, white peach and mirabelle plum quickly fills in behind them. The finish is a rapier,which is amazing considering the depth here, as mouthwatering salted butter and quinine details race through. One of the world’s truly amazing wines.