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Wine Spectator: “supremely confident rendering of terrific terroir in a superb vintage”

From the October 15, 2013 issue of Wine Spectator:

M. Chapoutier Ermitage L’Ermite 2010
99 points
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. 20 cases imported.—James Molesworth

M . Chapoutier Ermitage Le Méal 2010
98 points
A dark, nicely toasty 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 excellent drive. Best from 2018 through 2035. 20 cases imported.—James Molesworth

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