M. Chapoutier l'Ermite Ermitage Syrah 1996

$295

One of the candidates for France's wine of the vintage is unquestionably Chapoutier's 1996 Hermitage l'Ermite...a virtually perfect wine made from a small parcel of vines, believed to be over 100 years old...it is unbelievable! Unfortunately, only 30 cases were exported to the United States. The wine boasts a saturated black/purple color, as well as a phenomenal nose of rose petals, violets, blackberries, cassis, and pain grille. In the mouth, it is phenomenally rich, with a viscous texture, and a multidimensional, layered finish that lasts for over a minute. Its purity, perfect equilibrium, and unbelievable volume and richness are the stuff of legends. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2050... Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Henrik Poulsen Delectable Pro

The best bottle I’ve had of this ever. Amazingly fresh, sweet and full-bodied I was guessing ‘99 Guigal La Mouline...and that is a HUGE compliment!

The best bottle I’ve had of this ever. Amazingly fresh, sweet and full-bodied I was guessing ‘99 Guigal La Mouline...and that is a HUGE compliment!

9.5

Conrad Green

On the nose cool, herby and cool-blooded. A ferrous, savory and sour cherry middle with decent length. Very good, and a good time to drink it

On the nose cool, herby and cool-blooded. A ferrous, savory and sour cherry middle with decent length. Very good, and a good time to drink it

9.3

Michelle Farkas

Very animalistic to start but once it opened up, quite delicious. There was dissension as to whether it needs more time but I think it's at its peak now.

Very animalistic to start but once it opened up, quite delicious. There was dissension as to whether it needs more time but I think it's at its peak now.

9.2

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