Wine Advocate-Parker : 100/100 RP The 2017 Ermitage l'Ermite is equally astounding but a completely different expression of Hermitage. Somehow this combines the reservedness of le Pavillon with the generosity of le Méal, resulting in a wine that I can only describe as perfect. The pristine cassis fruit is remarkably pure, joined by complex notes of crushed stone, salted licorice and the slightest hints of fine-grained oak. It's full-bodied, concentrated and velvety in texture, with oodles of chewy but ripe tannins and a finish that goes on for minutes.
Harvest: Late hand-harvesting in order to obtain optimal alcohol content.
Soil: Situated at the top of the Hermitage hill, around the chapel, in a place named the Ermite. The vines are 80 years old and are on granitic soils which are very poor.
Vinification: The harvest which is 100% destemmed, is matured in concrete tanks. Fermentation lasts around 4 weeks, to obtain soft and stable tannins to keep the wine for a very long time. The temperature does not exceed 32°C to enable good quality extraction. To make this wine, only the free-run juice is used.
Ageing: Free run juice is immediately transferred into new and one-year-old casks to be matured from 18 to 20 months.
Grape variety: 100 % Syrah.
Jeb Dunnuck - 98+/100
James Suckling - 96/100
Jancis Robinson - 18/20
R. Parker - Wine Advocate - 100/100
Appearance: very deep garnet red, almost black.
Nose: black fruits with spices and ink overtones.
Palate: tannins are in the same time powerful and velvety. Smoky and pepper overtones express wonderfully the Syrah variety on granitic soil.
According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years, indeed from 50 to 75 years.
Sommelier's advice: Beef, game, all cheeses