M. Chapoutier Ermitage de l'Oree 2005

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Look for complex aromas of vanilla, dried fruits, almonds and a hint of lime blossom. Very minerally in the mouth, which is typical of Marsanne, as well as round and rich. Elegant, ripe white fruits such as peaches and apricots abound...
Category White Wine
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Brand M. Chapoutier
Alcohol/vol 14%
  • wa98

Wine AdvocateThe 2005 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree is a spectacular wine, with notes of nectarine, quince, honeyed hazelnuts, honeysuckle, and an almost exotic note buttressed by excellent acidity and no notice of any oak. The wine has prodigious richness and a full-bodied intensity that needs to be tasted to be believed. This is stunning stuff that should drink well for 50 or more years, but you can drink it over the next 4-5 years or forget it for 12-15.

Robert Parker, February 2008
  • st93-96

International Wine CellarBright gold. Deep, smoky and exotic on the nose, with strong orange, melon and lemon zest scents underscored by dusty minerality. Powerful, beautifully focused and pure, with vibrant citrus and fresh melon flavors further brightened by tangy mineral notes. Finishes ripe and sappy, with excellent length.

  • ws96

Wine SpectatorGushes with creamy-textured, superripe layers of fig, green almond, pear and Cavaillon melon, all carried by well-embedded acidity. The long, driving finish pumps out additional hints of mango and green plum. Best from 2010 through 2025.

James Molesworth, June 15, 2008