Château l'Ermitage was founded in the 11th Century by the hermits of Sainte Cécile d'Estagel Abbay and it made wine for pilgrims en route to Santiago de Compostella. The estate encompasses 80 hectares of sunny, south-facing vineyards planted on sandstone soils and benefitting from Mediterranean breezes that cool the vines in the summer.
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.