1996 Chapoutier Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree
Marsanne - 750ML

  • WA 99
  • WS 94
  • IWC 92


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WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 1997
...extraordinary intensity full body... and intense honeyed mineral-like fruit flavors that ooze over the palate with remarkable richness...
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 1998
...ripe with exotic flavors--melon cream beeswax honey dried herb wet earth and smoked lard--and has an ultrasmooth finish..
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, February 1999
...youthful aromas of honey peach and spicy oak... racy acidity of the year...
Color & Type White
Varietal Marsanne
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Vintage 1996


Chapoutier’s lauded Cuvee de l’Oree is made from Marsanne vines 60 to 70 years in age. The grapes come from the “Les Murets” plot on soil with very old fluvioglacial alluvial deposits.

De L’Oree has an intense golden yellow color, with hints of green and gold. The aromas are very intense, with hot shingles, toffee, and very ripe, fruity lemon with floral overtones of acacia and hawthorn. The wine has a well-rounded start, full body and is very complex, with overtones of ripe fruits, spices and roasting. It is very long in the mouth, with a fresh final note. Depending on the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years or even from 50 to 75 years.



Chapoutier is one of the oldest wine producers in the Rhone Valley with a history dating back to 1808. A distant ancestor, Polydor Chapoutier, was the first to buy vines here, shifting from being a simple grape grower to making and trading his own wine. For the last two hundred years, the estate has been producing some of the greatest wines in the Rhone Valley. Today, the range also includes wines from some Roussillon appellations as well as projects in Portugal and Australia.

Under Michel Chapoutier’s leadership, quality improved and Chapoutier gained international recognition. The massive negociant and winery produces single-vineyard expressions and classic wines from a range of appellations in the north and south of the valley.

They have adopted biodynamic farming techniques and have included Braille markings on their labels since 1996. This was done from a desire to reach out to and include lovers of good wines with sight-impairments, and as a tribute to Maurice Monier of La Sizeranne, a member of the family that previously owned the vines of the same name and who invented the first abbreviated version of Braille.