Wines said to come from « organically grown grapes» can use the French « AB » (organic farming) logo. This means that we comply with “Organic Farming” specifications and that we do not use any chemical fertilizers, or chemical weed killers, or pesticides, or chemical fungicides. The French « AB » logo comes from the French Agricultural Ministry.
ECOCERT is an organic inspection and a certification organism founded in 1991 by agronomists for sustainable development, which aims to offer recognition to those who engage in this type of production. The ECOCERT’s principal activity consists in an inspection, in the field, of the respects of a standard’s demands (regulation, standard or specification). Then, ECOCERT issues a document which certifies the compliance of the products, systems or services with the standard. ECOCERT principally certifies food and food products but also certifies cosmetics, detergents, perfumes and textiles.
The ladybug (or ladybird), organic viticulture’s precious little helper, is the symbol used on all our wines produced from organically grown grapes. If you want to know which of our wines are “organic”, look for the white logo showing a little ladybug on a leaf.
Ratings "L'Ermite 2001 White"
R. Parker - Wine Advocate - (95-98) /100
"The 2001 Ermitage l’Ermite is aged in demi-muids on its lees with malolactic in the barrel, considerable lees stirring, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Displaying a liqueur of nut-like character along with hints of lychees, orange blossoms, and citrus oils in its pure, intensely mineral-styled personality, it is a prodigious effort that will have to take a back seat to the singular/remarkable 2000 l’Ermite. The 2001 should be at its finest between 2008-2030."
Vinous - 91/100
"(just the third vintage for this bottling) Complex nose melds pineapple, minerals, mint and resiny, spicy oak. The richest and most concentrated of these 2001 white wines, as well as the most complete, with excellent depth of flavor, firm minerality and bright acids extending the fruit. Finishes fresh and long, with aromatic spice and mint character. The Meal and Oree were partly aged in cuve, while this was done entirely in barriques, one-third of which were new."
In the Rhone Valley, or through the most beautiful regions of France and the world, the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER lets the terroir express itself.
complex aromas of vanilla, almonds, dried fruits and linden-tree. The minerality is marked (typical of the soil).
very round and rich wine. An elegant balance, with a light bitterness at the end. Very ripe white fruit aromas (peach and apricot). Beautiful length in mouth and a huge complexity. According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years, indeed from 50 to 75 years.
Marsanne. Selection of our oldest vines.
Hand harvesting at maturity.
Situated at the top of the Hermitage hill, around the chapel, in a place named the “Ermite”, soils are very poor and granitic.
After a light cold-settling, fermentation is entirely made in casks between 18 and 20°C.
After a long period of fermentation, the wine is matured on lees, with regular stirrings, between 10 and 12 months.