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1998 Maison Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite
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About Maison Chapoutier

Maison Chapoutier, the first négociant and producer to mark their bottlings with braille, was established in 1879 by Polydor Chapoutier. The business has remained family owned since then and is now run by Michel Chapoutier. His hands off approach to winemaking has lead to a resurgence in quality at Maison Chapoutier, which now produces some of the finest wines in the Rhone region of France.

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1998 Maison Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite

Producer: Maison Chapoutier
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Origin: France
Region: Rhone
Appellation: Hermitage

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no stars Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2001

Medium ruby-red. High-toned aromas of raspberry, fresh herbs, tobacco, saddle leather, roasted meat and clove. Quite tough and dry in the mouth, with a distinct greenness. Finishes with tough, peppery tannins and a suggestion of wet wood, as if from improperly cured barrels. I find this wine as raw as it appeared from barrel a year ago. Not recommended.

98 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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