M. Chapoutier Ermitage de l'Oree 2005
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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.
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.
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.