2003 Chapoutier Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree
Marsanne - 750ML

  • WA 99
  • WS 95

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2006
Nearly perfect one of the most prodigious dry white wines I have ever tasted is the 2003 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree. A 669-case cuvee fashioned from yields of 10 hectoliters per hectare it offers aromas and flavors beyond... Nearly perfect one of the most prodigious dry white wines I have ever tasted is the 2003 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree. A 669-case cuvee fashioned from yields of 10 hectoliters per hectare it offers aromas and flavors beyond anything I have previously tasted in a dry white. It tastes like a liqueur of licorice intermixed with a liqueur of honeysuckle quince and rocks. Opulent viscous and full-bodied at first glance it is seemingly fragile and over the top but it boasts extraordinary freshness and liveliness as well as monster concentration and a finish that lasts over 60 seconds. I suspect it will drink beautifully for 3-4 years then go into a funky stage and re-emerge two decades later. It may be a 100-year wine ... but who knows? Without question it is a tour de force in winemaking. Importer: Paterno Imports Lake Bluff IL; tel. (847) 604-8900
WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, May 2006
Offers a perfume of persimmon and clove-studded blood orange with a juicy palate that sports dried fruit date green almond and smoke flavors. Long racy finish is filled with salted butter and floral notes. Drink now... Offers a perfume of persimmon and clove-studded blood orange with a juicy palate that sports dried fruit date green almond and smoke flavors. Long racy finish is filled with salted butter and floral notes. Drink now through 2020. 660 cases made. –JM
Color & Type White
Varietal Marsanne
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Vintage 2003

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.