m. chapoutier, hermitage, de l'oree 2012
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
99
WINE SPECTATOR
97

2012 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.

Critics Scores

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
99

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2012 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree is still firing on all cylinders, sporting heavenly notes of powdered rock, white flowers, honeyed orange blossom, white currants and a saltiness that keeps you coming back to the glass. Full-bodied, voluptuous and decadent, drink it anytime over the coming 2-3 decades.

WINE SPECTATOR
97

Wine Spectator

Densely layered, with ginger geleé, creamed pineapple, heather honey and lemon shortbread notes, all offset by a racy salted butter spine. Bright honeysuckle and chamomile accents dapple the finish, which shows terrific length and definition. Drink now through 2022.

JAMES SUCKLING
94

James Suckling

A very concentrated and pure expression, this shows lemon and lemon-barley aromas on the nose with a mouthy grapefruit thread to boot. Unevolved and pure, highlighting aromas of spring flowers. The palate's super long, concentrated and powerful, boasting a polished phenolic texture and a long thread of lemon-citrus-fruit flavors. The acidity sits in neat balance, and tangelo undertones define the finish. This is excellent. Drink 2020–2030.