M. Chapoutier

l'Ermite Ermitage Syrah

9.3149 ratings
9.336 pro ratings
Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.4

Got to pop some special bottles when my good friend Shawn came in to town!

We thought it would be fun to open this alongside the Horsepower for a small comparison...as an ‘05, this was shockingly young. Gorgeous aromatic display of dried red flowers, herbs de Provence, underripe blackberries, and a touch of iron. On the palate, it unfurled a bit towards the end of the evening, revealing black currant, raspberries, coffee beans, smoked meats and a tangy mineral driven finish. This needs another 5 years and at that point, this may start approaching triple digits. Thanks
@Shawn R .

Got to pop some special bottles when my good friend Shawn came in to town!

We thought it would be fun to open this alongside the Horsepower for a small comparison...as an ‘05, this was shockingly young. Gorgeous aromatic display of dried red flowers, herbs de Provence, underripe blackberries, and a touch of iron. On the palate, it unfurled a bit towards the end of the evening, revealing black currant, raspberries, coffee beans, smoked meats and a tangy mineral driven finish. This needs another 5 years and at that point, this may start approaching triple digits. Thanks
@Shawn R .

Jan 21st, 2020
Bob McDonald

Mid to dark ruby in colour with a tawny edge. Lovely perfume with roasted meats, dried flowers, and earthy notes. With time in decanter more barnyard cowyard notes developed, but in no way was this Brett. On the palate ultra savoury but also quite sweet initially. Soft resolved Tannins and ready to drink. Not unlike a top Burgundy with more fire power. After about 6 hours it had developed tarry aromas with coal dust and liquorice. Loved this wine. Usually have our top wine of the week at Sunday lunch. This matched well with Roast Pork.

Mid to dark ruby in colour with a tawny edge. Lovely perfume with roasted meats, dried flowers, and earthy notes. With time in decanter more barnyard cowyard notes developed, but in no way was this Brett. On the palate ultra savoury but also quite sweet initially. Soft resolved Tannins and ready to drink. Not unlike a top Burgundy with more fire power. After about 6 hours it had developed tarry aromas with coal dust and liquorice. Loved this wine. Usually have our top wine of the week at Sunday lunch. This matched well with Roast Pork.

Nov 24th, 2019
Henrik Poulsen

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!

Dec 29th, 2017
Scott Wren

Dark but not heavy. Pure red/blue berry aromas. Dry leaves. A electric jolt on the finish. It’s 1993 not 95

Dark but not heavy. Pure red/blue berry aromas. Dry leaves. A electric jolt on the finish. It’s 1993 not 95

Nov 25th, 2017
Charles (Chad) Bucklin

Owner and founder of C. T. Bucklin Wine Advising

9.2

The nose was seductive and complex. The palate felt much leaner than the nose eluded to. No less, the palate was balanced and full of character with racy acidity and firm tannins. Needs time. #chapoutier #hermitage #syrah #rhonevalley #ctbucklinwine

The nose was seductive and complex. The palate felt much leaner than the nose eluded to. No less, the palate was balanced and full of character with racy acidity and firm tannins. Needs time. #chapoutier #hermitage #syrah #rhonevalley #ctbucklinwine

Oct 17th, 2017
Jeffrey Lew

Needs a lot of air time. 4+ hours

Needs a lot of air time. 4+ hours

1 person found it helpfulSep 16th, 2017
Blake Leja

Sommelier Prosecco Restaurant

9.6

Blake had this 7 years ago

Blake had this 7 years ago

1 person found it helpfulJul 5th, 2014
Jason Heller

Master Sommelier

6.2

TCA

TCA

Mar 10th, 2016
Jason Chang

Proprietor NINE SUNS Winery, HOUYI Vineyard

9.4

Out of mag, musty nose and spice on palate. Great wine.

Out of mag, musty nose and spice on palate. Great wine.

Feb 14th, 2016
Yoon Ha

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

9.2

Still showing great energy and power after 17 years. Still some new oak with ample fruit.

Still showing great energy and power after 17 years. Still some new oak with ample fruit.

Jan 15th, 2016