Ermitage ‘De L’Orée’ Blanc, M Chapoutier, Hermitage, Northern Rhome, France
3.5ha, 100% Marsanne
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.
"Quaternary sediment. Broad, vegy nose. Really satisfies the back of the palate. Almost gingery. Full bodied with a satin texture though it is not massive. Neat." 17/20 Jancis Robinson jancisrobinson.com
"The 2012 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree is still firing on all cylinders, sporting heavenly notes of powdered rock, white flowers, honeyed orange blossom, white currants and a saltiness that keeps you coming back to the glass. Full-bodied, voluptuous and decadent, drink it anytime over the coming 2-3 decades." 99/100 Jeb Dunnuck robert parker.com