Type: Ermitage L’Ermite Blanc
Grape Variety Used: 100% Marsanne
Alcohol Level: 14%
Length/Type of Fermentation: Hand harvested. After a light cold racking, fermentation in casks.
Length/Type of Aging: After a long period of fermentation the wine is matured on lees at least for 10 months in 100% new oak
Unlike Burgundy and Bordeaux, the Rhône does not have an official cru (vineyard) classification system. There are, however, lieux-dits, “named places” or place names that denote vineyard sites and plots within each appellation. Chapoutier owns some of the most famous plots in the Rhône, including 34 hectares within the tiny Hermitage appellation. This collection of highly sought after wines is coined “Selections Parcellaires”. These exceptional wines are created organically and biodinamically and imported to the United States once per year.
Ermitage “L’Ermite” Blanc is the most individual statement in the Hermitage appellation, and the most prized for followers of M. Chapoutier’s grandest of crus. This rare wine is produced from a 3.7 acre site at the top of the Hermitage hill with around 100 cases produced annually. The vineyard’s elevated position, over 200 meters, allows long ripening at the end of the growing season, and its loess soils provide excellent drainage for rainwater. The vines, over 100 years old, are pruned to very low yield levels. The essence of granite soil is transfused through the vine and into the Marsanne grape from this important lieux dit.