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2000 Chapoutier - Ermitage Cuvee de L'Oree Blanc

FRANCE / RHONE / HERMITAGE
  • 100 WA
  • 84 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Marsanne

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SKU: 49911-2000-750-1A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($45; bottled in September) Vibrant fruit aromas complicated by a note of butterscotch. Complex flavors of candied fruits and lemon; quite discreet today but with a distinct aspect of surmaturite Manages to wear its 14.5% alcohol fairly gracefully. Still, this rather backward wine is a bit warm on the back end.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2002
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 84

    Intense style of Hermitage, this full-bodied white is very concentrated. Has lots of wet earth, beeswax and smoky wood, but it is also quite hot. The heat stays like hot peppers in the aftertaste.
    Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    These wines usually flirt with perfection, which is the case with the 2000 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree. It boasts an amazing nose of licorice, minerals, acacia flowers, honeysuckle, and a hint of butter. Unctuously-textured and full-bodied, with great intensity and purity, yet remarkably light on its feet, it can be drunk over the next 3-4 years, then forgotten for a decade, after which it will last for 40-50 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Honeysuckle, buttery, honey, pinapple
    Author: Windswept
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 389 bottles owned
  • 86 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 100
    (Out of 86 collectors)