2013 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree
The Distinctive 2013 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree from Chapoutier, Rhone
Embarking on a journey to savor the prodigious 2013 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree from Chapoutier is an enchanting venture. This fervent vintage, in its splendor, unveiled an incarnation of Rhone's terroir that was nothing short of poetry poured into a glass. Indeed, 2013 presented us with an amiable climatic symmetry that was a symphony for the senses.
Tracing subtlety in a masterstroke
The desire of true fine wine enthusiasts to invest in beauty that transcends time lies fulfilled in this particular vintage. Famed for its precision-driven Bacchic artistry, Chapoutier echoed the tale of the year's climate within each bottle. The cooler, somewhat erratic year painted a unique landscape in the vineyards of Rhone - in turn, carefully sketched onto the palate of this alluring 2013 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree.
A walk through an aromatic orangery
Finding expression in every swirl and sip of this illustrious white Rhone are notes of honeyed citrus akin to a stroll through an exotic orangery. Graced with the majesty of high maturity Marsanne grapes, the wine's impeccable balance of vibrant acidity whispers tales of that cooler climate, eloquently tailor-made by Rhone's unique terroir. Its distinctive leesy, almond-like undertone forms a symphony with the faintest hints of sweet butterscotch - immersive sublimity encased in liquid amber.
Investing in transcendent vintages
For investors seeking both pleasure and potential, this distinct Chapoutier wine skillfully captures the essence of what cultivates value in fine wine investment. Symbolising a firm crystallisation of time and place, the 2013 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree truly represents a worthy addition to any discerning wine portfolio.
2013 - An orchestration of finesse
The 2013 vintage demands respect and admiration for its serenade to the complexity inherent in nature. The cooler climatic rendition mirrored across the vineyards of Rhone have chalked this vintage into the annals of excellent winemaking. This convergence of nuanced terroir expression and dedication to craft signifies a treasure for both collectors and investors.
This wine will continue to unfold its narrative with time, embodying the bond between earth, grape, skill, and the increasingly sophisticated world of wine investment.
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Scores and tasting notes
Leading off three single-vintage whites from Hermitage, the stunning 2013 Ermitage Cuvee de L’Orée has an off-the-hook bouquet that includes just about everything you could think of when considering Hermitage Blanc. White peach, white flowers, almond paste, quince and wet rock are just some of the nuances, and it packs a serious punch on the palate, with full-bodied richness, a flamboyant, expansive texture and riveting focus and purity. Give it a year or so and drink it over the following 2-3 decades.
Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate, 29 December 2014