Grain Ermitage, 2017, Chappaz

£78.94
In stock
Product code
41CZ0217
Switzerland  Valais 

An astonishingly rich Marsanne from century-old vines.

Features Organic, Biodynamic, Reserve, Low Intervention, "Natural", "Slow Wine", Vegetarian and Vegan
Style White, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Varieties
  • Alpine Wines Grape Varieties: Marsanne

Marsanne in the Valais is called Ermitage in hommage to, of course, Hermitage. This is my special favourite in Marie-Therese Chappaz's range. It used to be easier to get, too, compared to her Petite Arvine, but in the meantime others have caught on how magical it is so it is almost as hard to reserve. The name has changed over the years as have some of the choices made in vinification, but it is stunning year on year.

It starts with old vines of Marsanne planted by her great uncle Maurice Troillet - almost 100 years ago. They are unbelievably gnarly on a very steep vineyard. This is heroic winemaking and I am so glad there is a lady on this planet crazy enough to do it, because I would miss that wine dearly if it didn't exist.

The wine is expressive and complex. It starts with a typical Marsanne profile and Marie Therese's signature - with the additional concentration that very old vines bring. Think ripe plums, an earthy, spicy undercurrent, and the mineral freshness and precision - it's almost airy at times, and yet so powerful. Lots of texture. A bit more exotic than Rhone Marsanne.

If you have a blind taster in your life that you love a lot, but also want to befuddle, this is it.

The wine is finished in oak for 18 months.

More Information
Winemaker Marie-Therese Chappaz
Country Switzerland
Bottle Size 75cl
Style White, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Region Valais
Variety Marsanne
Vintage 2017
Alcohol 14.5
Ripeness Normal
Case Size 6
Composition 100% Marsanne
Winemaking Spontaneous Yeast
Aged In Barrel (old)
Key Features Organic, Biodynamic, Reserve, Low Intervention, "Natural", "Slow Wine", Vegetarian and Vegan
Available from Authentique
Bought In (year) 2019
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