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2010 Maison Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc L'Ermite
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About Maison Chapoutier

Maison Chapoutier, the first n├ęgociant 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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2010 Maison Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc L'Ermite

Producer: Maison Chapoutier
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Marsanne
Origin: France
Region: Rhone
Appellation: Hermitage

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96 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2013

(100% marsanne, from ungrafted vines, many of which reportedly pre-date phylloxera):  Vivid gold.  Explosive, mineral-drenched aromas of nectarine, poached pear, honey and anise, with a smoky overtone.  Completely coats the palate with deeply concentrated orchard and pit fruit flavors and picks up bright chalk and floral nuances with air.  As much a solid as a liquid, and yet the wine shows an uncanny litheness and precision.  Finishes sappy, incisive and relentlessly long, leaving iodine, pear and floral notes behind, eventually.  

99 Points | Wine Spectator
100 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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