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
Vivid gold. Seductive aromas and flavors of candied pit fruits, honey, anise and white flowers, with vanilla and mineral overtones. Broad, fleshy and juicy, offering a suave blend of richness and vivacity. A smoky note gains strength with air and carries through an impressively long, penetrating finish. The richest and most densely packed of this set of white wines from Hermitage, with the richness to handle the most strongly flavored foods.
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.