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Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2001 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,666.07
2001

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2001 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98-100)

The black-colored 2001 Ermitage l’Ermite may be equal to the perfect 1996. Awesome levels of kirsch liqueur, licorice, and white flowers are followed by a superbly concentrated, etched, long, deep wine with multiple layers, a fabulous texture, and virtually perfect balance as well as harmony. Possessing great stature and intensity, it is a monumental achievement. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040.
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Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2012 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,366.42
2012

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2012 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Another wine that topped out on my scale, the 523-case 2012 Ermitage l'Ermite is as profound an Hermitage as you can find. Coming from the granite soils located around the Chapel on the top of Hermitage hill, it's always the most tight, backward and structured of the releases, even more so than the Pavillon, which always seems to have another layer of sweet fruit to me. The 2012 is deeper and richer than the 2011, yet as with most 2012s, it more approachable and forward than the 2010 (and 2009 in this case). Exhibiting awesome notes of powdered rock, creme de cassis, liquid violets and lite gunpowder, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, awesome mid-palate depth and building, ultra-fine tannin that frame the finish. It's an incredible wine that will won't start to become approachable until a decade after the vintage, and then will keep for three decades.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,366.42
Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2015 (3x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,910.34
2015

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2015 (3x150cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

My pick of Chapoutier's 2015 Ermitage bottlings on this occasion was the 2015 Ermitage l'Ermite. It just edged out the other wines for its incredible purity of cassis fruit, indelible intensity and massive concentration. Size doesn't matter if the other elements aren't there, but this wine is complex, balanced and long, a true tour de force. Hints of crushed stone, peppery spice and grilled meat are in the background right now, partially submerged under the waves of fruit and ripe tannins, so give it a decade or so to shed some of that puppy fat and reveal its true nature.
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5-7 weeks

Rhone 3x150cl 2 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,910.34
Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,747.53
2018

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98-100)

As usual, Chapoutier's 2018 Ermitage l'Ermite is a standout among standouts. Crushed stone, blueberries, even a touch of herb feature on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is cool and crunchy but also ripe and generous. It's rich and long, with a firm, granitic structure that should enable two-plus decades of aging. This has it all.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 1 98-100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,747.53
Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2019 (1x300cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,450.72
2019

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2019 (1x300cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Marked by sensationally deep notes of crushed stone, cassis and blueberry, the 2019 Ermitage l'Ermite is a tremendous effort and a worthy rival to the wines produced in the past four vintages. Full-bodied, it's rich and restrained, expansive yet structured—just a complete wine from mouthwatering aromas to velvety mouthfeel and long, stony finish. While delicious now, I'd expect it to close up shortly, yet still be going strong two decades from now. Wow!
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Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2019 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,696.07
2019

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2019 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Marked by sensationally deep notes of crushed stone, cassis and blueberry, the 2019 Ermitage l'Ermite is a tremendous effort and a worthy rival to the wines produced in the past four vintages. Full-bodied, it's rich and restrained, expansive yet structured—just a complete wine from mouthwatering aromas to velvety mouthfeel and long, stony finish. While delicious now, I'd expect it to close up shortly, yet still be going strong two decades from now. Wow!
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Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 1999 (1x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,105.25
1999

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 1999 (1x150cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

This is one of the greatest dry white wines I have ever tasted. The 1999 Ermitage l'Ermite is a liquid mineral, crystalline expression. It is the essence of its grape as well as terroir. It may be the greatest expression of terroir I have seen outside of a handful of Alsatian Rieslings (Clos Ste. Hune comes to mind). It has that transparent character that terroiristes talk more about than actually recognize. Drinking it is like consuming a liquified stony concoction mixed with white flowers, licorice, and honeyed fruits. It is frightfully pure, dense, and well-delineated. As I said last year, There is no real fruit character, just glycerin, alcohol, and liquid stones. That's about it, but, wow, what an expression! Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050. This is for the connoisseur of rare wines. Along with Gerard and Jean-Louis Chave, Chapoutier is producing the finest expressions of white Hermitage. His single vineyard cuvees are to die for if you like these eccentric, idiosyncratic, mammoth dry whites.
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5-7 weeks

Rhone 1x150cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,105.25
Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 2017 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,196.07
2017

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 2017 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

As in 2016, my favorite of the white parcel selections this year is the 2017 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc (231 cases produced), as it perfectly balances richness and power with refinement and structure. Toasted brioche and citrus marmalade, honey and truffle notes deliver sheer full-bodied, mouth-filling decadence, supported by austere notes of crushed granite, zesty grapefruit rind and cooling brine. Huge and intense yet refreshing, it's the essence of granite-grown Marsanne.
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Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £4,972.85
2018

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 2018 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

Another truly flawless wine from this dream team is the 2018 Ermitage L’Ermite Blanc, which comes from a vineyard located at the top of Hermitage Hill and was brought up in 20-25% new demi-muids. Offering a magical bouquet of liqueur of rock, quince, poached pears, orange blossom, and honeysuckle, it's a powerful, super-rich, expressive, full-bodied white that could come from nowhere else in the world. It's approachable today (it needs plenty of air) yet won't hit prime for another 7-8 years or so.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £4,972.85
Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 2019 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,682.07
2019

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 2019 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Since I reviewed the 2019 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc last year (98+), I had some doubts about spending the time to re-review it. But one taste had me transfixed. Hints of crushed stone and subtle oak appear on the nose, backed by waves of honeyed pear and pineapple, plus enough invigorating citrus to provide a sense of freshness. Full-bodied and rich without being heavy, this has come into its own, being incredibly long, balanced and ethereal on the finish. Amazing stuff!
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Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2009 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,020.29
2009

Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2009 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Even inkier in color than the 2010, the 2009 Ermitage le Meal is as good as Hermitage gets. Locked and loaded with phenomenal notes of jammy black raspberries, creme de cassis, crushed violets, smoked earth and spice, it's thick and unctuous on the palate, with incredible density, a huge mid-palate and a layered, multi-dimensional, seamless, elegant texture that just keeps you coming back and begging for another sip. More hedonistic and voluptuous than the 2010, it should still evolve for just as long, yet have even a broader drink window.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,020.29
Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2010 (1x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £636.11
2010

Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2010 (1x150cl)

Wine Advocate (99+)

One of the stars of the retrospective was the 2010 Ermitage le Meal. This classic vintage yielded concentrated, fresh and structured wines and the 2010 has all of these traits in spades. Giving up a massive array of liquid rock, graphite, spring flowers, cassis and black raspberries, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a tight, structured, tannic mouthfeel and bright acidity, all while still showing incredible polish and elegance. It will certainly flirt with perfection at maturity, but is all about minerality and structure at the moment. Give this incredible effort 3-5 years of cellaring and enjoy it over the following 2-3 decades.
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5-7 weeks

Rhone 1x150cl 1 99+ (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £636.11
Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2010 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,702.10
2010

Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2010 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (99+)

One of the stars of the retrospective was the 2010 Ermitage le Meal. This classic vintage yielded concentrated, fresh and structured wines and the 2010 has all of these traits in spades. Giving up a massive array of liquid rock, graphite, spring flowers, cassis and black raspberries, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a tight, structured, tannic mouthfeel and bright acidity, all while still showing incredible polish and elegance. It will certainly flirt with perfection at maturity, but is all about minerality and structure at the moment. Give this incredible effort 3-5 years of cellaring and enjoy it over the following 2-3 decades.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 1 99+ (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,702.10
Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2015 (3x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,004.82
2015

Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2015 (3x150cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

A perfect wine, the 2015 Ermitage Le Méal offers straight-up otherworldly notes of black raspberries, toasted spices, licorice, scorched earth and flowers. With a huge, unctuous profile on the palate, a stacked mid-palate, sweet, sweet tannin and awesome purity, it's as good as it gets. This cuvée is always one of the more forward, sexy wines in the lineup, but it still needs 4-6 years of bottle age and will keep for 2-3 decades.
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5-7 weeks

Rhone 3x150cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,004.82
Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2017 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,659.89
2017

Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2017 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Always the earliest-ripening portion of the Chapoutier holdings on the Hermitage hill, the 2017 Ermitage le Méal is a complete standout. Crème de framboise notes remain fresh and lively throughout, joined by hints of blueberry, baking spices and vanilla, while the tannins are silky, the mouthfeel generous and the overall impression is one of great seductiveness and elegance.
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5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 2 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,659.89
Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2013 (1x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £416.95
2013

Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2013 (1x150cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Easily the finest vintage of this cuvee to date, the 2013 Ermitage le Meal Blanc doesn’t give an inch to the more heralded Cuvee de L’Orée or l’Ermite. Pure perfection in a glass, with awesome caramelized citrus, pineapple, crushed rock, toasted bread and buttered peach, it’s full-bodied, massive and concentrated on the palate, with incredible purity, richness and length. As with the other top whites here, it needs a year or two in the cellar and will have 2-3 decades of longevity.
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Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2013 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,489.84
2013

Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2013 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Easily the finest vintage of this cuvee to date, the 2013 Ermitage le Meal Blanc doesn’t give an inch to the more heralded Cuvee de L’Orée or l’Ermite. Pure perfection in a glass, with awesome caramelized citrus, pineapple, crushed rock, toasted bread and buttered peach, it’s full-bodied, massive and concentrated on the palate, with incredible purity, richness and length. As with the other top whites here, it needs a year or two in the cellar and will have 2-3 decades of longevity.
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5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 2 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,489.84
Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2019 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,156.07
2019

Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2019 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

The richest and most fruit loaded of the trio is the 2019 Ermitage Le Méal Blanc, which comes from a warmer terroir. This killer Hermitage Blanc has a vivid gold hue as well as a crazy good nose of quince, honeyed currants, acacia flowers, spice, and orange marmalade. It doesn't have the minerality of the L'Ermite (and to a lesser extent, the De l’Orée) yet has a more opulent, fat, unctuous style that's still flawlessly balanced and remarkably pure. This is another magical Hermitage from Chapoutier that does everything right. I followed this bottle for multiple days and it only improved with air. It's certainly the more early drinking of these three single vineyard releases, yet it still deserves 2-4 years of bottle age and should keep for 30 years or more.
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Chapoutier Ermitage Vin de Paille Blanc 2010 (3x37.5cl)
Inc. VAT: £590.15
2010

Chapoutier Ermitage Vin de Paille Blanc 2010 (3x37.5cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Because of a change in French laws, the 2010 Ermitage Vin de Paille will be the last sweet wine made by Chapoutier. Made from 100% Marsanne, this perfect wine exhibits an incredible perfume of truffles, apricot jam and caramelized tangerines. This noble, surgically precise classic can be drunk now or cellared for over 100 years. It is a remarkable wine, and it’s a shame to see this cuvee discontinued. For the technical minded, this wine has 120 grams of residual sugar.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 3x37.5cl 2 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £590.15
Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £793.96
2018

Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2018 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (96-100)

Coming from what I consider to be the greatest terroir for Syrah on the planet, the 2018 Hermitage Les Bessards is all Syrah that is still aging in new and once-used barrels. Sporting a deep purple color as well as granite-laced notes of crème de cassis, graphite, white flowers, violets, and an almost iodine-like bloodiness, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a stacked mid-palate, massive sweet tannins, and a great finish. This beast of a Hermitage packs serious intensity and depth yet always shows the class, balance, and purity of this fabulous terroir.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 4 96-100 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £793.96
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 2003 (1x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £11,429.81
2003

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 2003 (1x75cl)

Vinous (99+)

Who knows when, if ever, this will be sold, but what the hell. Inky purple. Positively explosive aromas of mulberry, creme de mure, exotic chocolate, musky herbs, pungent flowers and smoky game, with wild potpourri and resin notes. Thick, chewy and almost ridiculously sweet, with the concentration, weight and fruit intensity of a great vintage port, yet with amazing freshness and energy. The finish builds endlessly, deepening and sweetening, and displaying simply remarkable persistence and a clinging raspberry liqueur note. I think I was tasting this the next morning. "I am so happy that I was able to make this wine with my father. If he hadn't been here to watch this it would have been very sad," Jean-Louis concluded.
OWC as per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 1x75cl 1 99+ (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £11,429.81
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 2009 (1x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £9,614.74
2009

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 2009 (1x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Last year I gave the 2009 Hermitage Cuvee Cathelin a three-digit rating, but it was nice to be able to re-taste it since it is largely impossible to find in the marketplace. Essentially 100% fruit from Les Bessards, this cuvee is only made in vintages where it will not compromise the integrity and quality of their standard Hermitage (although there is nothing standard about it). The Cuvee Cathelin sees more oak than its sibling, enjoys 50-75 years of aging potential, and boasts over-the-top blackberry and cassis fruit notes intertwined with pen ink, spring flower, graphite and subtle vanillin characteristics. It is a brilliant wine that almost defies description given its ethereal complexity allied to massive weight, power and richness. Yet, it never comes across as heavy or overly-extracted. Forget this for another decade and you and your progeny can enjoy it over the following 50-75 years.
loose Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 1x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £9,614.74
Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto 2009 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,955.36
2009

Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto 2009 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Every bit as phenomenal as the '10, yet in a completely different style, the 2009 Hermitage Ex Voto reveals a saturated inky color as well as layers of plums, black raspberries, candied violets, licorice and crushed rock. More voluptuous and extroverted than the '10, with an undeniably sexy, full-bodied, massively concentrated personality that just begs to be drunk, it will still evolve for decades on its sheer wealth of material.
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5-7 weeks

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Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto 2010 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,511.35
2010

Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto 2010 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The 2010 Hermitage Ex Voto continues to top out on my scale. This extraordinary Hermitage has more minerality and delineation than the 2009, as well as overflowing aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, jammy blackberries, violets, graphite and wood smoke. Massively concentrated, full-bodied, decadent, layered and sexy, it needs short-term cellaring but should be just about immortal in the cellar.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 2 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,511.35
Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,553.76
2018

Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto 2018 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (98-100)

The 2018 Ermitage Ex Voto is stunning, and comes closest in my mind to a mix of the 2015 and 2016. Showing more blue fruits, violets, chocolate, and a liquid rock-like minerality, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, massive amounts of fruit, and building tannins. While the 2017 has more upfront exuberance, I love the purity, depth, and sheer class of the 2018.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 4 98-100 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,553.76
Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2010 (1x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £400.67
2010

Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2010 (1x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The utterly perfect 2010 Hermitage Ex Voto Blanc is as good as it gets in Hermitage Blanc. Offering a crazy array of liquid rock-like minerality, graphite, flint, white currants, white peach and quince, it's layered, full-bodied, impeccably balanced and pure. It's a straight up tour de force that’s going to have decades of longevity. As always, the blend is 90% Marsanne and 10% Roussanne, aged 30 months in new French oak. Hat's off to the Guigal family for this incredible wine.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 1x75cl 12 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £400.67
Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2015 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £976.06
2015

Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2015 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

The 2015 Hermitage Ex Voto Blanc is certainly in the same league as the 2009 and 2010, and it’s going to be interesting to compare these vintages over the coming 2-3+ decades. The 2015 has all the hallmarks of a great vintage with its huge bouquet of quince, toasted almonds, brioche, liquid rocks, and honeysuckle as well as touch of licorice. Sensationally concentrated, opulent, and multi-dimensional on the palate, it has bright acidity and an awesome sense of minerality that keep the wine chiseled and focused on the palate. It has the structure of a red wine and will keep for 4-5 decades. Bravo!
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Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,028.87
2018

Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2018 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

Built for the long haul, the 2018 Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc is a majestic, noble white that could only come from this incredible, south-facing hillside in Hermitage. Revealing a light gold hue as well as notes of quince, honeyed minerality, toasted spices, orange marmalade, and spring flowers, this deep, rich, and full-bodied white has absorbed just about every trace of its oak élevage and has a concentrated, rich, yet focused and lengthy style. This cuvée had a more oaky, opulent style in the past, but today it comes across as a much more pure, elegant wine while not giving an inch with regard to density, texture, and concentration. As with just about every top Hermitage Blanc today, this offers plenty of immediate pleasure with its pure, fresh, mineral-laced style. Don't discount how much pleasure these wines can offer in their youth and always ignore the "always too young" crowd. This 2018 is going to evolve gracefully and drink brilliantly for 5-7 years, then (maybe) go into a closed, almost oxidative stage, only to emerge after 5-7 years and evolve for decades.
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Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2003 (5x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £10,434.83
2003

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2003 (5x150cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Chave's 2003 Hermitage, like the most successful Burgundies from that anomalous vintage, somehow retains a sense of mineral freshness that balances this wine's remarkable concentration and massive fruit. Tasted at the domaine, it's even floral and perfumed on the nose, an incredible feat when faced with that summer's implacable heat. Full-bodied, massively rich and decadently creamy in texture, it delivers waves of mixed red and black fruits that avoid any overtly raisiny character, finishing vibrant, peppery and long. Jean-Louis Chave seems increasingly confident at the helm of this legendary domaine. We spent a bit of time discussing the 2018 vintage, which he rates highly. "The wines are not really jammy. They're almost as ripe as 2003, but for some reason the grapes weren't raisiny," he said. "The vines never really stopped. In mid-August, we had 40 millimeters of rain—perfect timing. And at the end of August another little rain." Hermitage shines this year. "In Hermitage, you can push things to the limit and still be OK," Chave said. "Even when it's extreme, the grands terroirs are still the grands terroirs." Looking at recent vintages, Chave summarized the similarities as follows: 2015 he compares to 1990; 2016 to 2010; 2017 to 2000. As for 2018, said Chave, "It wouldn't be right to compare 2018 and 2003. The ripeness is extreme, but at the end, they're very different wines." Hermitage aside, Chave has spent much of his time in recent years working on his vineyards in Saint Joseph. He said he thinks of Saint Joseph as a wine for bistros rather than haute cuisine, but Chave's Saint Joseph's have quickly progressed beyond that in terms of quality (and, unfortunately, price).
As per photos - US labels Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 5x150cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £10,434.83
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2009 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £8,544.30
2009

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2009 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The greatest wines Chave has produced since 2003 are the two cuvees of 2009 Hermitage. The 2009 Hermitage exhibits a black/purple color along with a sumptuous nose of roasted meats, ground pepper, black currants, blackberry jam, and subtle smoke and licorice. The extraordinary bouquet is followed by a wine of extravagant intensity as well as tremendous focus and precision. While not as powerful as the blockbuster 2003, the amazing 2009 may turn out to be a modern day version of their magnificent 1990 (which is drinking incredibly well at present). Anyone who loves Hermitage and has a cold cellar should be lining up to get a few bottles of this beauty.
repack Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 12x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £8,544.30
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Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2001 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,375.00
2001

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2001 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98-100)

The black-colored 2001 Ermitage l’Ermite may be equal to the perfect 1996. Awesome levels of kirsch liqueur, licorice, and white flowers are followed by a superbly concentrated, etched, long, deep wine with multiple layers, a fabulous texture, and virtually perfect balance as well as harmony. Possessing great stature and intensity, it is a monumental achievement. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040.
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Rhone 6x75cl 1 98-100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,375.00
Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2012 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £2,791.96
2012

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2012 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Another wine that topped out on my scale, the 523-case 2012 Ermitage l'Ermite is as profound an Hermitage as you can find. Coming from the granite soils located around the Chapel on the top of Hermitage hill, it's always the most tight, backward and structured of the releases, even more so than the Pavillon, which always seems to have another layer of sweet fruit to me. The 2012 is deeper and richer than the 2011, yet as with most 2012s, it more approachable and forward than the 2010 (and 2009 in this case). Exhibiting awesome notes of powdered rock, creme de cassis, liquid violets and lite gunpowder, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, awesome mid-palate depth and building, ultra-fine tannin that frame the finish. It's an incredible wine that will won't start to become approachable until a decade after the vintage, and then will keep for three decades.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,791.96
Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2015 (3x150cl)
In Bond: £3,245.23
2015

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2015 (3x150cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

My pick of Chapoutier's 2015 Ermitage bottlings on this occasion was the 2015 Ermitage l'Ermite. It just edged out the other wines for its incredible purity of cassis fruit, indelible intensity and massive concentration. Size doesn't matter if the other elements aren't there, but this wine is complex, balanced and long, a true tour de force. Hints of crushed stone, peppery spice and grilled meat are in the background right now, partially submerged under the waves of fruit and ripe tannins, so give it a decade or so to shed some of that puppy fat and reveal its true nature.
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5-7 weeks

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Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £3,109.55
2018

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98-100)

As usual, Chapoutier's 2018 Ermitage l'Ermite is a standout among standouts. Crushed stone, blueberries, even a touch of herb feature on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is cool and crunchy but also ripe and generous. It's rich and long, with a firm, granitic structure that should enable two-plus decades of aging. This has it all.
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5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 1 98-100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £3,109.55
Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2019 (1x300cl)
In Bond: £1,200.00
2019

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2019 (1x300cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Marked by sensationally deep notes of crushed stone, cassis and blueberry, the 2019 Ermitage l'Ermite is a tremendous effort and a worthy rival to the wines produced in the past four vintages. Full-bodied, it's rich and restrained, expansive yet structured—just a complete wine from mouthwatering aromas to velvety mouthfeel and long, stony finish. While delicious now, I'd expect it to close up shortly, yet still be going strong two decades from now. Wow!
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Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2019 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,400.00
2019

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2019 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Marked by sensationally deep notes of crushed stone, cassis and blueberry, the 2019 Ermitage l'Ermite is a tremendous effort and a worthy rival to the wines produced in the past four vintages. Full-bodied, it's rich and restrained, expansive yet structured—just a complete wine from mouthwatering aromas to velvety mouthfeel and long, stony finish. While delicious now, I'd expect it to close up shortly, yet still be going strong two decades from now. Wow!
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Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 1999 (1x150cl)
In Bond: £916.58
1999

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 1999 (1x150cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

This is one of the greatest dry white wines I have ever tasted. The 1999 Ermitage l'Ermite is a liquid mineral, crystalline expression. It is the essence of its grape as well as terroir. It may be the greatest expression of terroir I have seen outside of a handful of Alsatian Rieslings (Clos Ste. Hune comes to mind). It has that transparent character that terroiristes talk more about than actually recognize. Drinking it is like consuming a liquified stony concoction mixed with white flowers, licorice, and honeyed fruits. It is frightfully pure, dense, and well-delineated. As I said last year, There is no real fruit character, just glycerin, alcohol, and liquid stones. That's about it, but, wow, what an expression! Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050. This is for the connoisseur of rare wines. Along with Gerard and Jean-Louis Chave, Chapoutier is producing the finest expressions of white Hermitage. His single vineyard cuvees are to die for if you like these eccentric, idiosyncratic, mammoth dry whites.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 1x150cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £916.58
Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 2017 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £2,650.00
2017

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 2017 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

As in 2016, my favorite of the white parcel selections this year is the 2017 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc (231 cases produced), as it perfectly balances richness and power with refinement and structure. Toasted brioche and citrus marmalade, honey and truffle notes deliver sheer full-bodied, mouth-filling decadence, supported by austere notes of crushed granite, zesty grapefruit rind and cooling brine. Huge and intense yet refreshing, it's the essence of granite-grown Marsanne.
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Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £4,130.65
2018

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 2018 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

Another truly flawless wine from this dream team is the 2018 Ermitage L’Ermite Blanc, which comes from a vineyard located at the top of Hermitage Hill and was brought up in 20-25% new demi-muids. Offering a magical bouquet of liqueur of rock, quince, poached pears, orange blossom, and honeysuckle, it's a powerful, super-rich, expressive, full-bodied white that could come from nowhere else in the world. It's approachable today (it needs plenty of air) yet won't hit prime for another 7-8 years or so.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £4,130.65
Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 2019 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £3,055.00
2019

Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 2019 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Since I reviewed the 2019 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc last year (98+), I had some doubts about spending the time to re-review it. But one taste had me transfixed. Hints of crushed stone and subtle oak appear on the nose, backed by waves of honeyed pear and pineapple, plus enough invigorating citrus to provide a sense of freshness. Full-bodied and rich without being heavy, this has come into its own, being incredibly long, balanced and ethereal on the finish. Amazing stuff!
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Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2009 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £2,503.52
2009

Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2009 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Even inkier in color than the 2010, the 2009 Ermitage le Meal is as good as Hermitage gets. Locked and loaded with phenomenal notes of jammy black raspberries, creme de cassis, crushed violets, smoked earth and spice, it's thick and unctuous on the palate, with incredible density, a huge mid-palate and a layered, multi-dimensional, seamless, elegant texture that just keeps you coming back and begging for another sip. More hedonistic and voluptuous than the 2010, it should still evolve for just as long, yet have even a broader drink window.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,503.52
Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2010 (1x150cl)
In Bond: £525.63
2010

Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2010 (1x150cl)

Wine Advocate (99+)

One of the stars of the retrospective was the 2010 Ermitage le Meal. This classic vintage yielded concentrated, fresh and structured wines and the 2010 has all of these traits in spades. Giving up a massive array of liquid rock, graphite, spring flowers, cassis and black raspberries, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a tight, structured, tannic mouthfeel and bright acidity, all while still showing incredible polish and elegance. It will certainly flirt with perfection at maturity, but is all about minerality and structure at the moment. Give this incredible effort 3-5 years of cellaring and enjoy it over the following 2-3 decades.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 1x150cl 1 99+ (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £525.63
Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2010 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,405.03
2010

Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2010 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (99+)

One of the stars of the retrospective was the 2010 Ermitage le Meal. This classic vintage yielded concentrated, fresh and structured wines and the 2010 has all of these traits in spades. Giving up a massive array of liquid rock, graphite, spring flowers, cassis and black raspberries, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a tight, structured, tannic mouthfeel and bright acidity, all while still showing incredible polish and elegance. It will certainly flirt with perfection at maturity, but is all about minerality and structure at the moment. Give this incredible effort 3-5 years of cellaring and enjoy it over the following 2-3 decades.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 1 99+ (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,405.03
Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2015 (3x150cl)
In Bond: £1,657.29
2015

Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2015 (3x150cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

A perfect wine, the 2015 Ermitage Le Méal offers straight-up otherworldly notes of black raspberries, toasted spices, licorice, scorched earth and flowers. With a huge, unctuous profile on the palate, a stacked mid-palate, sweet, sweet tannin and awesome purity, it's as good as it gets. This cuvée is always one of the more forward, sexy wines in the lineup, but it still needs 4-6 years of bottle age and will keep for 2-3 decades.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 3x150cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,657.29
Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2017 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,369.85
2017

Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2017 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Always the earliest-ripening portion of the Chapoutier holdings on the Hermitage hill, the 2017 Ermitage le Méal is a complete standout. Crème de framboise notes remain fresh and lively throughout, joined by hints of blueberry, baking spices and vanilla, while the tannins are silky, the mouthfeel generous and the overall impression is one of great seductiveness and elegance.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 2 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,369.85
Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2013 (1x150cl)
In Bond: £343.00
2013

Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2013 (1x150cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Easily the finest vintage of this cuvee to date, the 2013 Ermitage le Meal Blanc doesn’t give an inch to the more heralded Cuvee de L’Orée or l’Ermite. Pure perfection in a glass, with awesome caramelized citrus, pineapple, crushed rock, toasted bread and buttered peach, it’s full-bodied, massive and concentrated on the palate, with incredible purity, richness and length. As with the other top whites here, it needs a year or two in the cellar and will have 2-3 decades of longevity.
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Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2013 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,228.14
2013

Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2013 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Easily the finest vintage of this cuvee to date, the 2013 Ermitage le Meal Blanc doesn’t give an inch to the more heralded Cuvee de L’Orée or l’Ermite. Pure perfection in a glass, with awesome caramelized citrus, pineapple, crushed rock, toasted bread and buttered peach, it’s full-bodied, massive and concentrated on the palate, with incredible purity, richness and length. As with the other top whites here, it needs a year or two in the cellar and will have 2-3 decades of longevity.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 2 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,228.14
Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2019 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £950.00
2019

Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2019 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

The richest and most fruit loaded of the trio is the 2019 Ermitage Le Méal Blanc, which comes from a warmer terroir. This killer Hermitage Blanc has a vivid gold hue as well as a crazy good nose of quince, honeyed currants, acacia flowers, spice, and orange marmalade. It doesn't have the minerality of the L'Ermite (and to a lesser extent, the De l’Orée) yet has a more opulent, fat, unctuous style that's still flawlessly balanced and remarkably pure. This is another magical Hermitage from Chapoutier that does everything right. I followed this bottle for multiple days and it only improved with air. It's certainly the more early drinking of these three single vineyard releases, yet it still deserves 2-4 years of bottle age and should keep for 30 years or more.
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Rhone 6x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £950.00
Chapoutier Ermitage Vin de Paille Blanc 2010 (3x37.5cl)
In Bond: £488.44
2010

Chapoutier Ermitage Vin de Paille Blanc 2010 (3x37.5cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Because of a change in French laws, the 2010 Ermitage Vin de Paille will be the last sweet wine made by Chapoutier. Made from 100% Marsanne, this perfect wine exhibits an incredible perfume of truffles, apricot jam and caramelized tangerines. This noble, surgically precise classic can be drunk now or cellared for over 100 years. It is a remarkable wine, and it’s a shame to see this cuvee discontinued. For the technical minded, this wine has 120 grams of residual sugar.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 3x37.5cl 2 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £488.44
Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £648.24
2018

Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2018 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (96-100)

Coming from what I consider to be the greatest terroir for Syrah on the planet, the 2018 Hermitage Les Bessards is all Syrah that is still aging in new and once-used barrels. Sporting a deep purple color as well as granite-laced notes of crème de cassis, graphite, white flowers, violets, and an almost iodine-like bloodiness, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a stacked mid-palate, massive sweet tannins, and a great finish. This beast of a Hermitage packs serious intensity and depth yet always shows the class, balance, and purity of this fabulous terroir.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 4 96-100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £648.24
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 2003 (1x75cl)
In Bond: £9,522.61
2003

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 2003 (1x75cl)

Vinous (99+)

Who knows when, if ever, this will be sold, but what the hell. Inky purple. Positively explosive aromas of mulberry, creme de mure, exotic chocolate, musky herbs, pungent flowers and smoky game, with wild potpourri and resin notes. Thick, chewy and almost ridiculously sweet, with the concentration, weight and fruit intensity of a great vintage port, yet with amazing freshness and energy. The finish builds endlessly, deepening and sweetening, and displaying simply remarkable persistence and a clinging raspberry liqueur note. I think I was tasting this the next morning. "I am so happy that I was able to make this wine with my father. If he hadn't been here to watch this it would have been very sad," Jean-Louis concluded.
OWC as per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 1x75cl 1 99+ (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £9,522.61
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 2009 (1x75cl)
In Bond: £8,010.05
2009

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 2009 (1x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Last year I gave the 2009 Hermitage Cuvee Cathelin a three-digit rating, but it was nice to be able to re-taste it since it is largely impossible to find in the marketplace. Essentially 100% fruit from Les Bessards, this cuvee is only made in vintages where it will not compromise the integrity and quality of their standard Hermitage (although there is nothing standard about it). The Cuvee Cathelin sees more oak than its sibling, enjoys 50-75 years of aging potential, and boasts over-the-top blackberry and cassis fruit notes intertwined with pen ink, spring flower, graphite and subtle vanillin characteristics. It is a brilliant wine that almost defies description given its ethereal complexity allied to massive weight, power and richness. Yet, it never comes across as heavy or overly-extracted. Forget this for another decade and you and your progeny can enjoy it over the following 50-75 years.
loose Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 1x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £8,010.05
Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto 2009 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,616.08
2009

Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto 2009 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Every bit as phenomenal as the '10, yet in a completely different style, the 2009 Hermitage Ex Voto reveals a saturated inky color as well as layers of plums, black raspberries, candied violets, licorice and crushed rock. More voluptuous and extroverted than the '10, with an undeniably sexy, full-bodied, massively concentrated personality that just begs to be drunk, it will still evolve for decades on its sheer wealth of material.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,616.08
Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto 2010 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £2,079.40
2010

Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto 2010 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The 2010 Hermitage Ex Voto continues to top out on my scale. This extraordinary Hermitage has more minerality and delineation than the 2009, as well as overflowing aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, jammy blackberries, violets, graphite and wood smoke. Massively concentrated, full-bodied, decadent, layered and sexy, it needs short-term cellaring but should be just about immortal in the cellar.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 2 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,079.40
Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,281.41
2018

Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto 2018 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (98-100)

The 2018 Ermitage Ex Voto is stunning, and comes closest in my mind to a mix of the 2015 and 2016. Showing more blue fruits, violets, chocolate, and a liquid rock-like minerality, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, massive amounts of fruit, and building tannins. While the 2017 has more upfront exuberance, I love the purity, depth, and sheer class of the 2018.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 6x75cl 4 98-100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,281.41
Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2010 (1x75cl)
In Bond: £331.66
2010

Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2010 (1x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The utterly perfect 2010 Hermitage Ex Voto Blanc is as good as it gets in Hermitage Blanc. Offering a crazy array of liquid rock-like minerality, graphite, flint, white currants, white peach and quince, it's layered, full-bodied, impeccably balanced and pure. It's a straight up tour de force that’s going to have decades of longevity. As always, the blend is 90% Marsanne and 10% Roussanne, aged 30 months in new French oak. Hat's off to the Guigal family for this incredible wine.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 1x75cl 12 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £331.66
Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2015 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £799.99
2015

Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2015 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

The 2015 Hermitage Ex Voto Blanc is certainly in the same league as the 2009 and 2010, and it’s going to be interesting to compare these vintages over the coming 2-3+ decades. The 2015 has all the hallmarks of a great vintage with its huge bouquet of quince, toasted almonds, brioche, liquid rocks, and honeysuckle as well as touch of licorice. Sensationally concentrated, opulent, and multi-dimensional on the palate, it has bright acidity and an awesome sense of minerality that keep the wine chiseled and focused on the palate. It has the structure of a red wine and will keep for 4-5 decades. Bravo!
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Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £844.00
2018

Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2018 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

Built for the long haul, the 2018 Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc is a majestic, noble white that could only come from this incredible, south-facing hillside in Hermitage. Revealing a light gold hue as well as notes of quince, honeyed minerality, toasted spices, orange marmalade, and spring flowers, this deep, rich, and full-bodied white has absorbed just about every trace of its oak élevage and has a concentrated, rich, yet focused and lengthy style. This cuvée had a more oaky, opulent style in the past, but today it comes across as a much more pure, elegant wine while not giving an inch with regard to density, texture, and concentration. As with just about every top Hermitage Blanc today, this offers plenty of immediate pleasure with its pure, fresh, mineral-laced style. Don't discount how much pleasure these wines can offer in their youth and always ignore the "always too young" crowd. This 2018 is going to evolve gracefully and drink brilliantly for 5-7 years, then (maybe) go into a closed, almost oxidative stage, only to emerge after 5-7 years and evolve for decades.
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Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2003 (5x150cl)
In Bond: £8,673.37
2003

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2003 (5x150cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Chave's 2003 Hermitage, like the most successful Burgundies from that anomalous vintage, somehow retains a sense of mineral freshness that balances this wine's remarkable concentration and massive fruit. Tasted at the domaine, it's even floral and perfumed on the nose, an incredible feat when faced with that summer's implacable heat. Full-bodied, massively rich and decadently creamy in texture, it delivers waves of mixed red and black fruits that avoid any overtly raisiny character, finishing vibrant, peppery and long. Jean-Louis Chave seems increasingly confident at the helm of this legendary domaine. We spent a bit of time discussing the 2018 vintage, which he rates highly. "The wines are not really jammy. They're almost as ripe as 2003, but for some reason the grapes weren't raisiny," he said. "The vines never really stopped. In mid-August, we had 40 millimeters of rain—perfect timing. And at the end of August another little rain." Hermitage shines this year. "In Hermitage, you can push things to the limit and still be OK," Chave said. "Even when it's extreme, the grands terroirs are still the grands terroirs." Looking at recent vintages, Chave summarized the similarities as follows: 2015 he compares to 1990; 2016 to 2010; 2017 to 2000. As for 2018, said Chave, "It wouldn't be right to compare 2018 and 2003. The ripeness is extreme, but at the end, they're very different wines." Hermitage aside, Chave has spent much of his time in recent years working on his vineyards in Saint Joseph. He said he thinks of Saint Joseph as a wine for bistros rather than haute cuisine, but Chave's Saint Joseph's have quickly progressed beyond that in terms of quality (and, unfortunately, price).
As per photos - US labels Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 5x150cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £8,673.37
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2009 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £7,093.47
2009

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2009 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The greatest wines Chave has produced since 2003 are the two cuvees of 2009 Hermitage. The 2009 Hermitage exhibits a black/purple color along with a sumptuous nose of roasted meats, ground pepper, black currants, blackberry jam, and subtle smoke and licorice. The extraordinary bouquet is followed by a wine of extravagant intensity as well as tremendous focus and precision. While not as powerful as the blockbuster 2003, the amazing 2009 may turn out to be a modern day version of their magnificent 1990 (which is drinking incredibly well at present). Anyone who loves Hermitage and has a cold cellar should be lining up to get a few bottles of this beauty.
repack Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Rhone 12x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £7,093.47

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