1999 Chapoutier Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree
Marsanne - 750ML

  • WA 99
  • WS 92

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WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2001
Terrific the 1999 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree is floral with lots of elegance but not much weight or concentration. To be fair it had just fermented dry before I arrived so it needs some time on its lees and further barrel... Terrific the 1999 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree is floral with lots of elegance but not much weight or concentration. To be fair it had just fermented dry before I arrived so it needs some time on its lees and further barrel aging to fill out. It should be a massive statuesque white Hermitage the likes of which do not exist in any other cellar. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2035.
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, September 2001
More wonderful quality from Hermitage's white vineyards. A subtle but rich and flavorful white that's not too alcoholic just perfectly balanced with ripe fruit and mineral notes combining nicely on the lingering finish... More wonderful quality from Hermitage's white vineyards. A subtle but rich and flavorful white that's not too alcoholic just perfectly balanced with ripe fruit and mineral notes combining nicely on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2010. 1080 cases made.
Color & Type White
Varietal Marsanne
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Vintage 1999

Label

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.

Winery

Chapoutier

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.