1999 Chapoutier - Ermitage Cuvee de L'Oree Blanc 750ml

France - Northern Rhone - Hermitage/ White / Marsanne
1999 Chapoutier - Ermitage Cuvee de L'Oree Blanc
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International Wine Cellar | 88-91?

Superripe, liqueur-like aromas of roast apple and cinnamon; suggestion of crab apple. Not as fresh as it should be, perhaps simply due to low SO2 But chewy and dense. From low-cropped 50-year-old vines picked very late.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 94

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Wine Advocate | 99

The awesome 1999 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree flirts with perfection. It is full-bodied, with an incredible bouquet of liquid minerals, licorice, honeysuckle, citrus, and a hint of tropical fruits. One-hundred percent new oak aging has been completely absorbed by the wine's fruit and glycerin. This is a winemaking tour de force, made from exceedingly low yields of 12-15 hectoliters per hectare (less than one ton of fruit per acre). However, readers should understand that these are often unusual wines to drink because they tend to show exceptionally well for 4-5 years after bottling, then close up until about age 12. They can last for 4-5 decades. Along with Gerard and Jean-Louis Chave, Chapoutier is producing the finest expressions of white Hermitage. His single vineyard cuvees are to die for if you like these eccentric, idiosyncratic, mammoth dry whites.

Drink Dates: 2006-2050
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 140

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Wine Spectator | 92

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. 1,080 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2001-2010
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson


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Score:
Author: Jim W NYC
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/15/2011
Drink Dates:
Perfect wine, after 1/2 hour decanting.
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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