Grain Ermitage

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Switzerland  Valais 

My special favourite in Marie-Therese Chappaz's range. Stunning year on year

Winemaker Marie-Therese Chappaz
Features Organic, Biodynamic, Oaked, Late Harvest, Low Intervention, "Natural", Old Vines, Vegetarian and Vegan
Style White, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Varieties
  • Alpine Wines Grape Varieties: Marsanne
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Grain Ermitage 2020 75cl cl
£91.20
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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.

Wine Details

Style White, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Winemaker Marie-Therese Chappaz
Country Switzerland
Region Valais
Features Organic, Biodynamic, Oaked, Late Harvest, Low Intervention, "Natural", Old Vines, Vegetarian and Vegan
Aged In Barrel (new), Barrel (old)
Closure Natural Cork
Varieties Marsanne
Ripeness Normal
Winemaking Spontaneous Yeast, Low Added Sulphur, Malolactic

Serving Suggestions

It's a delight to just savour on its own but it is also a phenomenal wine a "well hung" cheese board ;)

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes
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.

Vintages

2020
Product Code 41CZ0220
Size 75cl
Alcohol 14.2
In a nutshell My special favourite in Marie-Therese Chappaz's range. Stunning year on year
Arrived 14 Nov 2022
Last Tasted 7 Jan 2024
mature evolution? No
Also Available at Online Exclusive
Case Size 6
Sweetness dry
Closure Natural Cork
Allergens Contains Sulphites
Composition 100% Marsanne
No longer available
VintageProduct CodeAlcoholkeeps at least until
201741CZ021714.5

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