The history of the Chapoutier family stretches back to the early nineteenth century when current owner Michel Chapoutier’s great-, great-, great-grandfather Marius purchased an estate and some vineyards in the now famous village of Tain l’Hermitage in the Northern Rhône Valley. Marius Chapoutier made history in the region when he became the first grape grower there to vinify his own fruit. Marius had tasted wines other winemakers produced using his fruit and he realized that something was lost in translation, so to speak. He knew that he owned some of the best-growing sites in the appellation and he believed — rightly — that the grapes grown in his vineyards could produce long-lived world-class wines. In a move unusual at the time, he decided that he should make the wine himself. Not only did the quality of the wines increase greatly, but this move provided the capital to expand the Chapoutiers’ already legendary estate.
l'Ermite Ermitage is 100% Syrah the most individual statement in the Hermitage appellation and the most prized for followers of M. Chapoutier's grandest of crus. L'Ermite Rouge a very rare wine, with approximately 375 cases made annually, produced from a 9.5-acre site at the top of Hermitage Hill.
Very deep garnet red, almost black. Black fruits with spices and ink overtones. Tannins are at 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.
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