M. Chapoutier masterclass tasting of some of their top wines with Nelly France, export director for the UK, France & Oceania. Hosted by Steve’s and Fine Wine Wholesalers. Big thanks for inviting me to this excellent tasting and provided a rare chance to try some of these wines before buying.
2009 Le Ermite – Ermitage Blanc
Apparently only a few dozen bottles make it into Australia each year.
Wow, excellent white wine. Wrote down one word at the tasting – “Sensational”.
Big mouthful of flavour that lingers forever, slowly building in weight as it sits on your palate. A wine of immense intensity. On reflection, probably the best white wine I have ever tasted and up there with my favorite wines of all time.
An honor to have tried this.
Has a RRP of $1,000
2009 Les Meysonniers – Crozes Hermitage 100% Syrah.
Good perfume of plums and florals. Black pepper and deli meats accompany the palate. Nice grip. Moderate length. Easy and pleasant.
2009 Les Varonniers – Crozes Hermitage
Big step up from the Les Meysonniers. Less pepper, more spice. The perfume is evident again, but more intense. Ripe and expressive. An excellent, intense wine with vibrant energy. This wine lingers nicely on the palate. Not too tannic and quite approachable already.
2010 La Bernadine – Chateauneuf du Pape. RRP $75
2009 Barbe Rac – Chateauneuf du Pape. RRP??
Wasn’t a fan of these 2 wines from Chateauneuf du Pape. They were both very deep, broody wines. But hints of fly spray, meaty, metallic notes did not win me over.
2009 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Visitare Intoire Terrae
Blend of Grenache 65% & Syrah 35%
Big, rich and meaty with adequate sweet fruits backing this up. Persistent and silky mouthfeel. Loved this.
2006 Les Becasses – Cote Rotie
Earthy, spice, granite like minerality with some Kalamata olives.
Finished a touch short and was not as persistent as some of the other wines. Good wine, but not for the price.
Easily the Le Ermite Blanc was my hands down favorite.
Next 2 were the Les Varonniers – Crozes Hermitage and the Cotes du Roussillon Villages Visitare Intoire Terrae.
Expensive wines, but in my humble opinion, well worth it.