m. chapoutier, hermitage, de l'oree 2019
JEB DUNNUCK
100

2019 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

JEB DUNNUCK
100

Jeb Dunnuck

Moving to the three single vineyard Hermitage Blancs, these are all perfect wines yet offer distinct characters. The 2019 Ermitage De L’Orée comes from more limestone soils in the Les Murets lieu-dit, on the eastern side of the appellation and was brought up in 15% new demi-muids. It reveals a vivid gold hue to go with gorgeous honeyed peach, white currants, quince, crushed stone, and white flower-like aromas and flavors. This full-bodied white has terrific concentration, a rich, layered mouthfeel, beautiful acidity, and a finish that just won't quit. Offering more fat and opulence than the L'Ermite and more minerality than the Le Meal, this pinnacle Hermitage Blanc needs a year or three of bottle age, then should drink nicely for 5-7 years, at which point it's best forgotten in the cellar for another decade. It should last for 20-30 years.