Wine Spectator 96 points - This is special, delivering alluring milk chocolate, golden raisin, creamed fig and ginger notes that are seamlessly woven together. These flavors glide through a finish that’s finely stitched with singed almond, cardamom and toasted pecan accents. Long and very refined. Drink now through 2032. 146 cases made. –JM
(Jul 31 2012)
Wine Advocate 96 points - There are two wines readers should keep an eye out for, even though they are very limited in availability (just under 300 cases of each). Both are potentially immortal offerings. The 2009 Ermitage Vin de Paille and 2010 Ermitage Vin de Paille are both made from the l’Ermite lieu-dit. Both possess deep gold colors as well as off-the-chart levels of residual sugar, acidity and concentration. These massive, unctuously textured, phenomenally great sweet dessert wines have incredible precision as well as intensity. Available only in half bottles, these connoisseur’s collectibles are meant to be drunk over the next 50-100 years.