1998 Chapoutier - Ermitage Cuvee de L'Oree Blanc 750ml

France - Northern Rhone - Hermitage/ White / Marsanne
1998 Chapoutier - Ermitage Cuvee de L'Oree Blanc
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International Wine Cellar | 90(+?)

Perfumed aromas of apple, pear, white flowers and herbs. Concentrated, rich and still quite primary; really dense with material. Flavors of apple, hay and nut skin. Tastes like a barrel sample. Finishes with a dusty, minerally quality and excellent persistence.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 94

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Wine Advocate | 99

The 1998 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree's explosive bouquet offers a liquid minerality, honeyed tropical fruits, peaches, and acacia flowers. Amazingly, the 100% new oak treatment has been totally absorbed. The wine is extremely full-bodied, fresh, and pure, with an immense palate presence as well as finish. Drink it over the next 4-5 years, or forget about it for a decade.

Drink Dates: 2001-2011
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 133

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Drink Dates: 2001-2015
Author: Vinfolio Team


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Score:
Author: Benjamin H550
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 04/28/2010
Dumb stage, smells like a sherry. Wait 10 years, and see if it comes round.
Score: 93
Author: Dana G77
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/12/2009
Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Has really started to come around. Butterscotch and acacia flowers with a hint of minerality on the long finish.
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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