Ermitage ‘De L’Orée’ Blanc, M Chapoutier, Hermitage, Northern Rhome, France, 2015
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.
"Of the three sélection parcellaire whites, the 2015 Ermitage de l’Orée is the most fresh and lively, with full-bodied richness and depth in its pineapple, mint, tropical fruits, toasted bread, brioche and liquid rock-styled aromas and flavors. It has good acidity, a stacked mid-palate and one seriously long finish." 98/100 Jeb Dunnuck www.robertparker.com
Drink with rich seafood dishes such as crayfish or lobster.
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