The L'Ermite Blanc is made from a selection M. Chapoutier’s Hermitage Marsanne fruit from the top of the famed Hermitage hill—near the chapel—in a place named the ‘Ermite’.The granitic soils here are very marginal.
After a light cold-settling, a long fermentation occurs entirely in casks. After this, the wine is matured on lees—with regular stirrings—for between 10 and 12 months. Depending on the vintage, the L'Ermite Blanc can be cellared for between 30 to 60 years and in some of the long-lasting vintages, between 50 to 75 years.
Completing a trifecta of perfect whites, the 2013 Ermitage l’Ermite Blanc is another sensational effort that offers incredible minerality/liquid rock in its pineapple, tangerine, flower oil, mint and caramelized citrus-driven bouquet. Full-bodied and beautiful on the palate, with more tension and focus than the Cuvee de L’Orée or le Meal, it has perfectly balanced richness, structure and freshness, with no hard edges and a blockbuster finish. It won't be accessible for another 3-4 years and will most likely be immortal in the cellar. Drink 2017-2043.
100 points, Wine Advocate, December 2014
M. Chapoutier is a renowned producer in the northern Rhône valley, producing a diverse array of benchmark wines from the region’s most prestigious appellations. The Chapoutier family has roots in the region dating from 1808; however it is under the current leadership of winemaker Michel Chapoutier that quality at the estate has soared. Since taking over the family firm, Michel Chapoutier has overseen the dramatic transformation of the estate’s vineyards to biodynamic practices. Winemaking philosophy has also changed significantly with a more sensitive oak regime now in place to allow the wine’s character to show through. The wines are also bottled unfined and unfiltered. M.Chapoutier is famous both for the "téte de cuvées" wines from old vine vineyards including La Mordorée and Hermitage La Pavillon and its range of rare Sélections Parcellaires; celebrated single-vineyard wines from the Northern Rhone’s most site, the Hill of Hermitage.