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2014 Chapoutier - Ermitage Cuvee de L'Oree Blanc

FRANCE / RHONE / HERMITAGE

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SKU: 49911-2014-750-1A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    A rich style, with a lightly buttered edge leading the way, though there's ample drive to the core of white peach, melon and pear flavors. A light honeysuckle edge frames the finish, presenting a toasted macadamia nut echo. Scrumptious. Drink now through 2025. 24 cases imported.
    Drink Dates: 2017-2025
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Rating: 98

    The thickest, most unctuous, full-bodied and sexy white of the vintage is the 2014 Ermitage de l'Oree. Coming all from the sedimentary soils of the Les Murets and aged mostly in demi-muids (only 15% new), it offers a sensational perfume of caramelized peaches, campfire, honeysuckle and white flowers that literally come soaring from the glass. Possessing uncommon density, a stacked mid-palate, loads of sweet fruit and a blockbuster finish, this hedonistic effort can be drunk with incredibly pleasure today, or cellared for a decade or more. It will have three or more decades of overall longevity.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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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    Marsanne is a white variety that is typically found in blends, where it contributes richness, weight, and flavors of honeydew, peach, pear, blossom, and spiced nuts to the wine. In the Northern Rhône it is blended with Roussanne to produce an age-worthy wine that develops complex hazelnut aromas over time. Producers such as M. Chapoutier in the Northern Rhône and Sine Qua Non in California offer the best examples of this variety.

    Marsanne pairs well with rich shellfish dishes, poultry, and spicy flavors, particularly Asian cuisine. 

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 43 bottles owned
    • 7 collectors