2010 M. Chapoutier "Vin de Paille" Ermitage (375ml)

SKU #1321412 99 points Wine Spectator

 Very intense, with a tightly focused beam of apricot eau-de-vie, quince, green almond, heather honey, orange zest and persimmon notes that are both rich and lacy at the same time. A wine of bewildering range and stunning precision. Drink now through 2050. (JM)  (10/2013)

94 points Vinous

 Bright gold. Exuberant pear, peach and honey aromas, with anise, ginger and nutmeg qualities adding complexity. Bright, sweet ginger- and mineral-accented orchard fruit flavors show excellent depth and clarity, with an orange peel note adding back-end cut. Expands with air and finishes with impressive energy and sweetness. This wine is quite a bit more lively than the lush 2009 version. (JR)  (3/2012)

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