2021 M. Chapoutier "de l'Orée" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1651937 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Leading off the three single vineyard Marsanne releases, the 2021 Ermitage De L'Orée comes mostly from the Les Murets lieu-dit and was aged 12 months in 80% demi-muids, with just 15% being new. It has a beautiful nose of white flowers, stone fruits, quince, and some obvious chalky minerality. It reminds me slightly of the 2012 (though the vintages are nothing alike) and is medium to full-bodied, has a round, supple texture, beautiful balance, and a great finish. It's a brilliant effort, particularly given the vintage. Inner quote mark (12/2022)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Mango and rhubarb notes hint at a rich and full-bodied wine, which is quite a classic De l'Orée style, though not quite as rich and opulent as recent years. With lovely acidity, it has more freshness than the past few vintages, though not quite the same opulence. From 60-year-old vines from lieu-dit Les Murets at the top of the hill. (MW) Inner quote mark (9/2022)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Pungent and slightly reductive. More savoury than Le Méal, with more tension and definite saltiness. 17.5++/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (10/2022)

K&L Notes

John Livingstone Learmonth The Cradle of the Rhone: "gold-hued robe; has a ripe, rounded bouquet, brioche, baked bread, a hint of wits strawberry, crabapple, honey tones and a hint of petrol. The palate is silken in delivery, flows and strolls on white fruits, white raisins, gives late Marsanne tang, camomile tea, dried apricot in the flavour, peach burrowed into it. There’s a touch of tannin on the aftertaste. It’s close-knit now, so wait – from 2025-26, decant it." (10/2022)

Price: $199.99

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