1997 Chapoutier - Ermitage Cuvee de L'Oree Blanc 750ml

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VF    WA 98-100   IWC 92   Collector 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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Drink Dates: 2004-2048
Author: Vinfolio Team


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 98-100

It is no secret that I adore Chapoutier's luxury cuvee of white Hermitage called Cuvee L'Oree. Made from 90-year old vines and microscopic yields of 10-12 hectoliters per hectare, this wine flirts with perfection. It is a compelling white Hermitage. Made from 100% Marsanne, it is as rich and multidimensional as the fullest, most massive Montrachet money can buy. It is unctuously textured, yet extraordinarily and beautifully balanced. I suspect it will drink well early in life, and then shut down for a few years. It should last for 4-5 decades. It is a huge, chewy, multidimensional wine with spectacular concentration and richness. Notes of white flowers, honey, minerals, and peaches are present in astronomical quantities. In short, this wine must be tasted to be believed.

Drink Dates: 2003-2050
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 121

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

More polite but superripe aromas of apple and honey. Very rich on the palate, with flavors of apple, honey and hazelnut complicated by suggestions of roasted herbs, grass and white flowers. Fat, dense and satisfying. This is over 14% alcohol with no chaptalization.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 88

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: Jim W NYC
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/03/2010
Drink Dates:
What a great white Rhone. Fabulously integrated, still has the fruit, decant...

Average rating: 96, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

324 bottles owned by 120 collectors.

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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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Wine Varietal: Marsanne


This white variety is grown worldwide and produces full-bodied, heavily aromatic wines. Typically grown in France's northern Rhone region, Marsanne is the primary grape of the white wines of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, and Saint Joseph. While wines made from Marsanne can be dull in their youth, when produced well they have light, fruity, and perfumed characteristics, as well as the ability to age superbly. Outside of France, small amounts of this variety can be found in Australia, Switzerland, and the United States. Typical descriptors for Marsanne include spice, pear, melon, honeysuckle, nuts and quince.

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