1996 Chapoutier - Ermitage Cuvee de L'Oree Blanc 750ml

France - Northern Rhone - Hermitage/ White / Marsanne
1996 Chapoutier - Ermitage Cuvee de L'Oree Blanc
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International Wine Cellar | 92

Youthful aromas of honey, peach and spicy oak. Thick and very concentrated, but quite tightly wrapped. Very firmly constructed, with the racy acidity of the year giving the fruit excellent delineation. This, too, conveys a dusty, tactile sensation of extract. Very firm, long, dusty finish seems almost tannic.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 82

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Wine Advocate | 99

It is no secret that I adore Chapoutier's luxury cuvee of white Hermitage called Cuvee L'Oree. Made from 90-year old vines and microscopic yields of 10-12 hectoliters per hectare, this wine flirts with perfection. It is a compelling white Hermitage. Made from 100% Marsanne, it is as rich and multidimensional as the fullest, most massive Montrachet money can buy. It is unctuously textured, yet extraordinarily and beautifully balanced. I suspect it will drink well early in life, and then shut down for a few years. It should last for 4-5 decades. The 1996 possesses some of the most amazing glycerin levels I have ever seen in a dry white wine. In short, this wine must be tasted to be believed.

Drink Dates: 2003-2050
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 121

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Wine Spectator | 94

Absolutely divine from start to finish. Shows subtle power and wonderful concentration. Reserved on the nose, silky in texture and thick on the palate, this wine is ripe with exotic flavors--melon, cream, beeswax, honey, dried herb, wet earth and smoked lard--and has an ultrasmooth finish.

Drink Dates: 1998-2005
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson


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Drink Dates: 2001-2046
Author: Vinfolio Team


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More Vintages and Sizes of Chapoutier - Ermitage Cuvee de L'Oree Blanc:

2002 (750ml)

About This Producer


This firm, founded in 1808, is the proprietor of 175 key acres of vines in five Rhone Valley appellations. Since the retirement of Max Chapoutier in 1989, his son Michel has revamped the winemaking process, and in doing so has elevated the stature of Chapoutier wines to rival some of the greatest in the region. The firm farms its vineyards biodynamically, and believes in the concept of monocepage, or the idea that each wine is produced entirely from a single grape variety. Chapoutier believes that blending mutes, rather than enhances, the character he seeks from his wines. Today the Chapoutier wines are considered benchmarks for the region, and other producers have begun to borrow the techniques and practices that Michel has been perfecting for nearly two decades. Perhaps Robert Parker, in his monumental book The World's Greatest Wine Estates, sums up the Chapoutier firm best: "A true biodynamically run estate since 1989, the objective has been to produce the purest and most natural expressions of terroir possible. Every decision is based on enhancing the characteristics of a wine's terroir, varietal character, and vintage trademark. In short, it is the earth that inspires this firm."

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