"Ermitage" — probably only one producer uses that historic spelling, and indeed makes no shortage of historic wines under that label!

We've secured access to a few cases direct from Chapoutier's library; these should be great to drink over the next 10–20 years, going by Wine Advocate's drinking windows, but do note that Robert Parker has suggested a 50–100-year window at least once before for the Ermitage de l'Orée, so no rush!

Chapoutier's portfolio hardly needs an introduction, with even the humble Côtes-du-Rhône a wine well worth anyone's time. As they're based in the Northern Rhône, it's hardly surprising that the top of their portfolio has a huge focus on that area, with Hermitage being their particular strength.

Indeed, their single-vineyard Ermitages/Hermitages are some of the world's great wines and the whites are particularly distinctive, being some of the most ageworthy dry whites; consider that Robert Parker's note for the Ermitage de l'Orée suggested it "may last 50-100 years".

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Why we like it:

• Direct from Chapoutier's library.
• Vintages 2013–2016.
• Drink over the next 10–20 years. (Wine Advocate)

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