From the August issue of Wine Spectator:
Michel Chapoutier continues to deliver with his 2010 releases, leading a pack
of Northern Rhône reds that reach 99 points in this week’s Wine Spectator Insider. Chapoutier’s flagship L’Ermite red is here, as are the Ermitage Le Méal, Le Pavillon and Les Greffieux bottlings, plus the Côte-Rôtie La Mordorée and St.-Joseph Les Granits—all classic-rated wines at 95 points or higher.
St.-Joseph Les Granits 2010
95 points | 54 cases imported | Red
Gorgeous, with superb focus to the dark plum, fig and boysenberry fruit, lined with charcoal, singed iron and Maduro tobacco notes. The ganache edge on the finish melds perfectly with the dense fruit and minerally notes. One for the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2026.—J.M.
Ermitage L’Ermite 2010
99 points | 20 cases imported | Red
Stunning, with a seemingly bottomless well of blackberry confiture, plum sauce and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors allied to an intense wrought-iron spine that lends an authoritative feel through the finish. An intense, strident, supremely confident rendering of terrific terroir in a superb vintage. Best from 2023 through 2043. From France.—J.M.
Ermitage Le Méal 2010
98 points | 20 cases imported | Red
A dark, well-toasted style, with lots of warm cocoa, espresso and tar notes up front, followed by crushed fig and warm currant confiture flavors. A toasty edge holds sway on the finish for now, but this is packed with a tarry intensity and loads of fleshy fruit through the long, loamy finish. Dark and chewy, exhibiting terrific drive. Best from 2018 through 2035. From France.—J.M.
Côte-Rôtie La Mordorée 2010
97 points | 48 cases imported | Red
Packed, with layers of charcoal and tar covering the well-endowed core of braised fig, blackberry pâte de fruit and pastis-soaked plum for now. Alder, olive and bay line the finish, with a terrific graphite spine lending support. Best from 2019 through 2030.
Ermitage Le Pavillon 2010
97 points | 43 cases imported | Red
Densely packed, with zesty loganberry, blueberry coulis, plum skin and blackberry paste flavors, presenting a hefty backdrop of ganache and graphite that takes over on the very long finish. A lovely alder note echoes in the background. Best from 2018 through 2028. From France.—J.M.
Ermitage Les Greffieux 2010
96 points | 13 cases imported | Red
This pumps some serious bass, with ganache-coated plum and pastis soaked-blackberry notes supported by dense loam- and tar-coated grip. Shows a brawny edge and buried acidity. Should stretch out with cellaring. Best from 2018 through 2028. From France.—J.M.