ITEM 17618

1996 Maison Chapoutier Ermitage Rouge L`Ermite

$599.98

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Wine Rating:

98WS 100WA

Bottle Size

750ml

Vintage

1996

Country/State

france

Wine Region

northern rhone

Variety

syrah

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Wine Spectator: 98 points

A blockbuster red wine, delivering heavyweight power with amazing finesse. Thick, ripe, rich and superextracted, it's inky-dark, full-bodied, tastes of the earth, cassis and blackberry, mocha and spice, ink, iron, mineral and blood, with a massive amount of full, ripe and sweet tannins. A monumental effort from the Northern Rhône. Best from 2005 through 2020. 500 cases made. ?PM

Review Date: November 1998

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 100 points

As granite as granite gets, with an almost liquid rock character that's almost impossible to find outside of Hermitage, the sensational 1996 Ermitage l'Ermite offers a complex array of ripe dark fruits, olive, game and graphite in a full-bodied, fresh, incredibly delineated and focused style. Massively concentrated, structured, and rich on the palate, yet as seamless as they come, enjoy this utterly heavenly wine over the coming two to three decades. Once the tasting was over and the drinking began, this was the first glass drained, and I couldn't imagine a wine being better.

Review Date: September 2016