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1999 Chapoutier Hermitage L'Ermite - 750 ml

96
RP

Product ID: 18778-750-XX1
Availability: Out of Stock
Vintage: 1999
Format: 750 ml
Color: Red
Country: France
Producer: Chapoutier
Rating: 96 RP
Region: Rhone
Type of Wine: Hermitage
Varietal: Shiraz/Syrah

Description: The 1999 Ermitage l'Ermite is a wine that borders on perfection compared to its backward performance last year from barrel. Sadly, there are usually 500-600 cases of the cuvee, but in 1999 only 400 were produced. It comes from Chapoutier's oldest vines (most over 100 years of age), and represents the essence of both Hermitage and Syrah. From bottle, the 1999 l'Ermite reveals an old style Lafleur character in its kirsch liqueur intermixed with raspberries, blackberries, and striking minerality. It has put on considerable weight since last year, but is essentially an elegant, ethereal effort with incredible intensity as well as amazing lightness. It is a phenomenal expression of terroir...

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