2002 Chapoutier - Ermitage Cuvee de L'Oree Blanc 1.5L

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89(+?)

($166; 100% marsanne, grown in the more alluvial soil of Murets; aged in 50% oak-mostly 500-liter demi-muids, of which 50% was new) Medium yellow. Complex aromas of ripe peach, clove, gunflint and smoke; hints at a candied sweetness rare for this vintage. Sweet, dense and fat but bright, with intense, nicely delineated flavors of white peach, apricot and minerals. Finishes strong but a bit youthfully harsh. Needs at least a few years of aging.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 118

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Average rating: 91, based on 1 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

8 bottles owned by 6 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."

See other similar producers: E. Guigal, Domaine Charvin

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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