2018 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree
2018 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree from Chapoutier, Rhone
No stranger to the palates of distinguished wine investors, the 2018 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree from Chapoutier offers an insight into one of Rhone's most iconic, soul-stirring expressions. Through four decades as a wine critic, I have immersed myself in countless renditions and vintages but this particular release is strikingly charismatic.
A masterstroke in the Rhone milieu
The artisanal creativity of Chapoutier has indubitably defined the essence of the esteemed Rhone region. Working wonders with the challenging conditions of 2018, they have meticulously crafted a vintage that embodies their passion and keen understanding of the terroir.
The allure lies undeniably in its enticingly complex character, brimming with profound minerality, a testament to Chapoutier's traditional biodynamic practices. Yet, it is impossible to overlook the gentle hand of Marsanne that maneuvers this wine into an elegant dance of balance between opulence and refinement - an investable delight indeed.
The unforgettable vintage moment
A unique symphony of climatic conditions graced Rhone in 2018. Oscillating between unseasonally cold days and heat spikes atypical for this time of year, it challenged and rewarded winemakers in equal measure.
This idiosyncrasy of nature etched its mark on 2018 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree, featuring a stunning spectrum of honeysuckle, ripe pear and white peach notes, harmoniously entwined with whispers of almond and saffron spice. A wine investment not to be overlooked.
An illustrious asset for discerning collectors
This fine specimen extends far beyond its immediate pleasure, promising an evolving complexity that continues to captivate with each passing year. It is an insightful celebratory tale of Rhone's 2018 vintage, a narrative artfully captured and enlivened by Chapoutier.
In conclusion, this elegant elixir holds the power to transport your senses straight to the lush hills of Rhone, revealing the quintessence of its terroir as only a formidable house like Chapoutier could. An indispensable addition to portfolios of serious wine investors seeking the eloquent expression of a unique vintage interwoven with the sublime craftsmanship of a master producer.
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Scores and tasting notes
Classy hints of pencil shavings accent the pear, nectarine and melon fruit in the full-bodied, voluptuous 2018 Ermitage de l'Orée. Despite the wine's ample richness and weight, it's surprisingly fresh and zesty, with hints of citrus zest and brine lingering on the finish.
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate, 19 December 2019