1996 M. Chapoutier "De L'Orée" Ermitage Blanc

SKU #1131593 99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 It is no secret that I adore Chapoutier's luxury cuvee of white Hermitage called Cuvee L'Oree. Made from 90-year old vines and microscopic yields of 10-12 hectoliters per hectare, this wine flirts with perfection. It is a compelling white Hermitage. Made from 100% Marsanne, it is as rich and multidimensional as the fullest, most massive Montrachet money can buy. It is unctuously textured, yet extraordinarily and beautifully balanced. I suspect it will drink well early in life, and then shut down for a few years. It should last for 4-5 decades. The 1996 possesses some of the most amazing glycerin levels I have ever seen in a dry white wine. In short, this wine must be tasted to be believed.  (2/ 1999)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Absolutely divine from start to finish. Shows subtle power and wonderful concentration. Reserved on the nose, silky in texture and thick on the palate, this wine is ripe with exotic flavors--melon, cream, beeswax, honey, dried herb, wet earth and smoked lard--and has an ultrasmooth finish.  (10/ 1998)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Youthful aromas of honey, peach and spicy oak. Thick and very concentrated, but quite tightly wrapped. Very firmly constructed, with the racy acidity of the year giving the fruit excellent delineation. This, too, conveys a dusty, tactile sensation of extract. Very firm, long, dusty finish seems almost tannic.  (1/ 1999)

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Hermitage/Crozes-Hermitage