2004 Chapoutier - Ermitage Cuvee de L'Oree Blanc 750ml

France - Northern Rhone - Hermitage/ White / Marsanne
2004 Chapoutier - Ermitage Cuvee de L'Oree Blanc
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International Wine Cellar | 94

($160) Light yellow. A huge, room-filling bouquet includes suggestions of peach, apricot, mango, floral honey, marzipan and dried flowers. Deep in sweet orchard, pit and exotic fruit flavors, with a lush, creamy texture and a late note of tangy minerals. For a wine with such flavor impact and volume this is really elegant. The finish is powerful and sweet, with outstanding persistence.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 130

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Wine Advocate | 99

A wine that tastes akin to liquid rocks as well as white currants and quince is the light golden 2004 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree. This is a fabulous wine, with blockbuster intensity and richness. This is the kind of wine that may last 50-100 years, but of course most readers will opt for earlier consumption.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 170

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Wine Spectator | 96

This just gushes with gorgeous, creamy layers of mango, papaya, green plum, apricot and glazed tangerine, yet never gets heady or overripe, thanks to a buried spine of mineral and citrus peel. The long, powerful finish has a waxy feel, with a lingering floral note. A gorgeous combination of power and finesse.

Drink Dates: 2007-2020
Author: James Molesworth


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Score: 99
Author: dave1161
Trust Rating: 14
Tasted On: 12/24/2008
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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