Chapoutier Ermitage De L'Orée Blanc 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

France, Rhône
R3,100
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98
JD
New
'Leading off the single vineyard Hermitage whites, the 2018 Ermitage De L’Orée is all Marsanne, from the Les Murets lieu-dit, brought up mostly in used demi-muids. Orange blossom, crushed citrus, spice box, white flowers, beautiful minerality, and vivid charcoal notes emerge from the glass of this beautiful, concentrated, opulent Hermitage, which has a stacked mid-palate and a level of structure fitting for a red wine. It's a brilliant wine that's going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for 20+.' – Jeb Dunnuck, 98/100

'Brilliant straw-gold. Powerful, mineral-accented orchard and pit fruit aromas are complemented by lemon curd, iodine and pungent floral accents. Intense, palate-staining pear nectar and Meyer lemon flavors show superb concentration. Definition and a sexy floral nuance build through the mid-palate. Opens up steadily on an extremely long, floral-tinged finish that emphatically echoes the pit fruit and mineral notes. Drink 2024-2034.' – Josh Raynolds, Vinous, 96/100 (May 2020)

'This is creamy-edged, but with a racy spine, brightness and energy, showing floral lift amid a mix of white peach, white nectarine and mango flavors. The long finish is threaded with chamomile and verbena notes. Drink now through 2035.' – James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 96/100 (Aug 2021)

'This has weight but perhaps not quite the depth of some more recent vintages of de l'Orée, however it does have a little more juice with a good sense of freshness and length even if the acidity is low. A little more floral in style than most recent vintages with balanced alcohol. From 70-year-old vines from the lieu-dit Les Murets. All matured in demi muid with 15% new oak. Drinking Window 2022 - 2030.' – Matt Walls, Decanter, 95/100 (Oct 2019)

'Classy hints of pencil shavings accent the pear, nectarine and melon fruit in the full-bodied, voluptuous 2018 Ermitage de l'Orée. Despite the wine's ample richness and weight, it's surprisingly fresh and zesty, with hints of citrus zest and brine lingering on the finish. Drink 2020-2040.' – Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 93-95/100 (Dec 2019)

'Riper fruit than their Méal, fleshing out the palate and giving a more balanced, satisfying impression of flavour. Well-integrated dairy character and a decent dash of freshness that probably comes more from a saline/herbal flavour than acidity itself. Statuesque. Drink 2020-2030.' – Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, 18/20 (Jun 2019)
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Michel Chapoutier
Blend information 100% Marsanne
Drink to Long-term cellaring
Variety Marsanne
Rating JD 98
Producer information Michel Chapoutier is the ultimate overachiever. Not only do his thrilling single-vineyard wines set the benchmark for the entire Rhône Valley, but he also produces some of the best value wines on the planet. With a 200-year history, wines from all corners of the Rhône and supreme quality throughout, Michel Chapoutier is the king of the Rhône Valley. Organic and biodynamic farming principles, together with traditional winemaking in top appellations, produce structured wines with long ageing potential. The wines tend to be generous, but each one speaks of its terroir and shows immaculate balance.
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