Yellow-gold. Smoky, mineral-dominated bouquet offers an explosion of orchard and pit fruits, fresh flowers, herbs and smoky minerals, with exotic spices adding complexity. Mineral-saturated pear, orange and white truffles on the palate, with nervy acidity adding spine. Takes over the palate with deeply concentrated white and yellow fruit compote flavors, and finishes with smoky mineral grip. This is strongly reminiscent of a Montrachet.
Robert Parker 95
At the very top of the appellation’s dome of decomposed granite is l’Ermite. This wine is the equivalent of drinking liquified rocks.The 2005 Ermitage l’Ermite blanc has that multi-layered mouthfeel, an extraordinary nose of intense minerality, quince, and white fruits. Some of the vines in this parcel are 130 years old, and the wine has over-the-top richness yet amazing acidity, depth, and a freshness that is hard to believe given its power and intensity.