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(Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite) The nose here is expressive, open, suggesting fruit vibrancy and freshness, but with the same density that the preceding wines have shown. A lovely supple character on the palate, quite tense at its core but with a relaxed layer of fruit around it. A good bitterness to it too. Plenty of this bitter grip to it in the finish, rolling along and giving it a lot of length. It shows much more density and substance with time, a deeper and different character even, with nuances of complex, bright tropical fruit and a spicy white-pepper edge. It does have a more relaxed feel than this note suggests though.
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