94 Points

Friday, February 11, 2011 - Absolutely incredible wine. This is the oldest Ermitage white I have tasted and by far the best. The nose, took me by surprise, it was what I would have expected from an aged alsace pinot gris... or similar. Apricot, a little burnt orange, floral, nothing like the 1999 or 2000 wine of the same name, it is when you taste it that the real character comes through, a lot of depth and a very soft smooth wine. It's younger generations are not as approachable. Flavours, well that again is amazing. It changed through the 1 or so hours that the bottle was open. somewhere between the butter and lemon of a Chabils and the initial flavours on teh nose of an Alsace PG. I will need to drink more of these, alongside the neuz du vin, to determine exactly what dominates. Just enjoy this wine. Start it at about 9 degrees and let it sit out, gradually warming to 13-15. It is a wonderful journey. Really really enjoyable and with still a few years to go I think.

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