2011 M. Chapoutier "de l'Orée" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree comes from a lieu-dit known as Les Murets planted with 80- to 90-year-old Marsanne vines. The bouquet offers up scents of Asian spices, lychee nuts, white currant liqueur and peach and apricot marmalade. This stunning, honeyed, flamboyant white is perfection in a glass. Drink it over the next half century.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright gold. Heady, mineral-powered citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complicated by jasmine, honey and iodine. Weighty and broad but showing unlikely vivacity to its ripe pear and orange flavors, which are sharpened by intense minerality. Delivers impressive clarity on the finish, which clings with outstanding tenacity and a suave floral quality.
Very lively and quite tight and natural and 'bio'. Lots of wild life going on in there, though it is still quite casual in structure rather than tense. Very friendly and golden. Full bodied and broad with strong floral notes. Just a little chewy on the end but all pleasure really. 17.5/20 points.