Another cracking vintage for Domaine de l’Ermitage. Grown on Kimmeridgian clay, the soil which gives some of the Loire Valley’s best wines. Hand harvested before a strict sorting at the winery. Fermented using wild yeasts and aged on the fine lees in stainless steel before bottling. The 2019 is concentrated and intense, with a nose packed full of peach, lime and gooseberry. These carry through to the palate, which is racy and juicy, an explosion of flavour across the palate, nicely textured and showing its limestone roots in its long, crystalline finish. A super wine, impressive now but which will age well over the next 2-5 years.
“The 12-hectare Domaine de l’Ermitage was founded in 2003 by Laurence and Géraud de la Farge. The domaine has nine hectares in production: 7ha of Sauvignon Blanc and 2ha planted with Pinot Noir. Its winery is on the western edge of the town of Menetou-Salon. Antoine de la Farge is the winemaker. All the grapes are picked by hand. The whites are fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. Tasted in early February the 2019 had mid-lemon colour, attractive ripe citric aromas, good vibrant texture, vibrant slightly green finish but as this is a 2019 I think this may well mellow with more bottle age.”
Tasted by Jim Budd (London, 05 Feb 2020)
Part of Loire Sauvignon Blanc: Panel tasting results
Drinking Window 2020 – 2027