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

SKU #1131593 99 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/1999)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (PM) Inner quote mark (10/1998)

92 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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. (ST) Inner quote mark (1/1999)

K&L Notes

93-95 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "First tasted in Sept-02. Amazing nose, even though it took two hours to express itself. Beeswax, lanolin with scents of marshmallow and orange-peel becoming more pronounced. Dry entry. Awkward now. Full of glycerin with a waxy, spicy finish. A cerebral, intellectual wine."

Share |
Price: $229.99
Add To Waiting List

Real Time Inventory by location:

The item you have chosen is not in stock in our retail stores or within our main warehouse.

Product turnaround time varies by location of inventory and your chosen method of shipping/pickup. For a detailed explanation click here.

Related Items

Loading recommendations

Additional Information: