Ermitage ‘De L’Orée’ Blanc, M Chapoutier, Hermitage, Northern Rhome, France, 2011
3.5ha vineyard, hand-harvested 100% organic Marsanne produced using biodynamic principles. 50% vinified in 600l barrels with lees stirring, the rest fermented in vat. Aged 10-12 months in barrel.
The grapes producing “De l’Orée” come from the plot ‘Les Murets’ in the Eastern part of the hill. The soil was formed by alluvions coming from the Rhône and Isère Rivers during the Ice Age. It is composed of rolled pebbles and sand. The old vines (70 years old) guarantee low yields of high quality grapes. It is an amazing wine with a great potential for ageing. Many aromas characterise this wine: White fruit, honeysuckle, quince, spices and hazelnut. It is very long in the mouth, with a fresh final note.
"Very lively and quite tight and natural and 'bio'. Lots of wild life going on in there, though it is still quite casual in structure rather than tense. Very friendly and golden. Full bodied and broad with strong floral notes. Just a little chewy on the end but all pleasure really. My dates apply to the first drinking window." JR 17.5/20 jancisrobinson.com
"Even better and always one of the top whites in any given vintage, the 2011 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree (first produced in 1991) comes from 80+-year-old Marsanne vines planted in the Les Murets lieu-dit. Gorgeously full-bodied and impeccably put together on the palate, with awesome texture and richness that’s framed by vibrant acidity, it boasts off the hook aromas and flavors of flower oil, buttered citrus, dried pineapple and powdered rock. It will be even better in another year, and age pretty much forever. As I’ve said before though, there is no harm in drinking these beauties in their youth." 99/100 Jeb Dunnuck robert parker.com
The 2011 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree comes from a lieu-dit known as Les Murets planted with 80- to 90-year-old Marsanne vines. The bouquet offers up scents of Asian spices, lychee nuts, white currant liqueur and peach and apricot marmalade. This stunning, honeyed, flamboyant white is perfection in a glass. Drink it over the next half century. 100/100 Robert Parker robertparker.com
Drink with rich seafood dishes such as crayfish or lobster.
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