L’Ermite, Blanc Ermitage 2017
“Intense, with a wave of green fig, yellow apple, yellow plum and quince fruit laid atop honeysuckle, acacia and quinine notes that ripple underneath. Shows lovely interplay between rich fruit and racy, streamlined minerarlity in the end. Best from 2023 through 2040. ” – James Molesworth
APPEARANCE:: Brilliant pale yellow.
NOSE: Complex aromas of vanilla, almonds, dried fruits and linden-tree. The mineraliaty is marked (typical of soil).
PALATE: Very round and rich wine. An elegant balance, of very ripe white fruit aromas (peach and apricot) and light notes of minerality. Beautiful length and complexity.
VARIETAL: 100% Marsanne
TERROIR: Situated at the top of the Hermitage hill, around the chapel, in a place named the “Ermite”, soils are very poor and granitic.
VINIFICATION: Hand-harvested at maturity. After a light cold-settling, fermentation is entirely made in casks between 64-67°F.
Aging: After a long period of fermentation, the wine is matured on lees, with regular stirrings, between 10 and 12 months. According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30-60 years, indeed from 50-70 years.