From the 90-120 year old vines in les Claives of gnarly, corkscrew shape pruned Ermitage or Marsanne. This is incredibly texturally rich, with a powerful mineral spine giving it shape and allowing it to finish airy and perfumey. This is another example of what a spectacular vineyard this is, but in an entirely other exotic Marsanne register. Another Grand cru caliber wine that I was unable to procure last year that she has graciously consented to share. This would blow people’s mind served blind in a nothern Rhone/Hermitage tasting.
“The 2020 Grain Ermitage Président Troillet opens with a coolish, rather discreet but beautifully stony and still reductive bouquet that releases its intense and perfectly ripe yellow and tropical fruit aromas slowly but sustainably and in combination with a noble yeasty tone. On the palate, this is a rich, refined and elegant, vivacious and fresh, delicate Ermitage with a warm and intense but also sustainable, fine salty and bitter finish. This is a very elegant, refined and rather coolish Ermitage compared to the generous 2019, but it is intense, fresh and long. To be served in a big glass and enjoyed over hours, days, or better, years. 14.2% stated alcohol. Natural cork. Tasted in Oberhof, Switzerland, in May 2022.” 95+ Stephan Reinhardt
The tasting note from the Chappaz website: “Beautiful golden color with hints of green. Intense nose, very complex, in a rare aromatic pepper, cinnamon, fresh noble leather, apricot, almond. The palate is full bodied, intense, long and ends sleek and cool way . A promising aging potential.”