2002 m. chapoutier, hermitage, de l'oree
Why We're Buying
M. Chapoutier Ermitage De l'Oree is the estate’s most popular marsanne wine. The white wine, which features 100% marsanne grapes, is composed only of Hermitage’s finest fruits. The result is an exuberant, nearly tropical offering with an invigorating sorbet-esque finish. Dating back to 1994, wine critic Robert Parker has never given M. Chapoutier Ermitage De l'Oree lower than a 98-point rating.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Perhaps the most surprising thing is how spectacular the 2002 whites are from Michel Chapoutier. Because of space limitations, I am only listing the numerical score for this wine, which is evolved, but exceptional for such a challenging vintage. As I have said so many times over the last 15 years, the top Chapoutier wines are meant for very long term drinking, and are not designed for immediate gratification. Everything Chapoutier is doing, from his bio-dynamically farmed vineyard to tiny yields, extended fermentations, indigenous yeasts, and no fining or filtration, is done to produce the essence of a vineyard and a vintage. His track record since 1989 and 1990 admirably proves that these are indeed remarkable wines made by a young genius who refuses to compromise. Michel Chapoutier has been misunderstood by some of his peers, and there is a lot of jealousy when someone this young is so incredibly talented, but it is an irrefutable fact that these are wines of singular greatness as well as longevity. (RP)
Tight now, this is a rich, butterscotch- and toast-driven white, with plenty of fig, Bosc pear, dried pineapple and floral notes as well. Focused and lengthy on the finish, but this needs cellaring to show its best.