Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree 2010 (Magnum)Chapoutier
There are 716 cases of the 2010 Ermitage de l’Oree. I have been following this cuvee since its debut vintage and this 100% Marsanne possesses more richness than most Burgundy Montrachets. Although aged in 100% new, 500-liter demi-muids, the wine reveals no evidence of oak. Honeysuckle, caramelized citrus, white peach, quince and white currant characteristics are viscous and full-bodied, yet the wine possesses striking precision and laser-like focus. This monumental effort is the most opulent and richest of all Chapoutier’s dry whites in 2010.
Winespectator / James Suckling (97)
Offers a rich, toothy feel, with a paraffin and brioche frame to the intense layers of creamed pear, apricot and dried peach. Lovely acacia blossom and green almond notes flitter in the background, while a warm piecrust edge holds sway on the finish. Gorgeous range.
Highly aromatic. Sumptuously heady. Reminds me of a really, really superior Condrieu in its blend of heady floral perfumes, hint of dried apricots but really dry, substantial, complex palate. A very big wine with relatively low acidity but masses of character and class ? although positively lissom when tasted after L?Ermite Blanc.