Chapoutier   Ermitage Cuvee de lOree

2016 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree

By Chapoutier

The 2016 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree from Chapoutier, Rhone

Chapoutier’s mastery of Rhone viticulture is unicameral with the 2016 vintage of their crown jewel - the Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree serving as marvellous testament to their rapport with this majestic terroir. Building on their decades-old reputation for wines of exceptional depth and character, it’s no wonder that the 2016 release has received high acclaim.


The Distinctive 2016 Vintage

For Rhone, the climatic conditions in 2016 were distinct, with more dramatic temperature deviations and precipitation levels than previous years. This created an inviting canvas for Chapoutier to craft a truly unique expression of Ermitage. The deft hand in cultivation coupled with the natural elements produced a wine of miraculous finesse and intensity.


An Expression of Time, Terroir, and Talent

The 2016 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree enthralls the senses with an opulent tapestry of flavours that set it apart from even its own esteemed vintages. The rich intensity of ripe peaches is harmoniously balanced by the sophisticated notes of toasted almonds and subdued spiciness, resulting in a notable length on the palate.

This vintage is brooding yet highly expressive, effortlessly straddling power and grace. The plushness offers discerning wine investors a remarkable addition to their portfolio, while appreciating beautifully over time.


A Wine Investment Par Excellence

With its provenance from one of the most respected producers in Rhone and its enthralling characteristics setting it firmly as one of the leading ambassadors of the terroir, the 2016 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree is a prized acquisition for any serious wine investor. Not just a great drinking pleasure, it is also set to yield impressive returns in the long term.

The 2016 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree from Chapoutier is more than a singularly excellent wine; it’s an encapsulation of Rhone's viticultural prowess and evidence of Chapoutier's mastery over their craft. It stands tall as one of the finest representations of the year and region, unequivocally a must-have for any discerning oenophile or savvy investor.

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As usual, Chapoutier's sélections parcellaires are stunning. The 2016 Ermitage de l'Oree from Les Murets' clay soils combines hints of honey and toast with tangerine zest and melon. It's 100% Marsanne, yet shows exuberant, nearly tropical flavors and absolutely no bitterness. It's full-bodied, completely mouth coating and rich, yet it finishes with zesty vitality and sherbet-like cleanliness. It should drink well for at least two decades.

Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate, 29 December 2017

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