Château l'Ermitage was founded in the 11th Century by the hermits of Sainte Cécile d'Estagel Abbay. It is situated on the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostella. The estate's total surface covers 80 hectares of sunny south facing vineyards, which benefit from the airy Mediterranean climate. We have a close relationship with owner Jérôme Castillon and he has been instrumental in some of our own wines; Savoir-Faire Mourvèdre is produced from his fruit, but produced by our winemakers in his cellar. Jérôme restricts the use of oak influence as much as possible and new oak is not used.
Chateau l’Ermitage Tradition Blanc, Costieres de Nimes 2015
A light pressing is followed by a long, cool fermentation and cold stabilisation. It sees a three month élevage in new French oak barriques with periodic battonage.
Aromas of wet stones, fresh almonds and a floral, orange blossom quality. The Viognier and Grenache Blanc add a subtle richness of peach and ripe nectarine flavours to balance the fresh grapefruit and citrus characters from the Roussanne, with a touch of mineral complexity and subtle oak weight. This is quite substantial whilst remaining elegant and restrained, a classy example of modern winemaking and a reflection of its origins.