2015 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree
2015 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree by Chapoutier, Rhone
The 2015 vintage of the Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree from Chapoutier sees a symphony of subtleties tenderly performed on the grand stage that is France's Rhône Valley. Known for its ability to capture the marrow of Marsanne, Chapoutier has presented an assertive and accomplished production in this superior vintage.
Immortal Terroir - a union between grape and terrain
In 2015, vineyard lands were blessed with ideal weather conditions; a bounty of winter rainfall followed by a stiflingly warm summer, allowing the grapes on the vines to achieve a level of ripeness not seen in previous years. Fortuitously, these are precisely the peace-time circumstances in which Marsanne thrives, culminating in one of the best showcases of Chapoutier’s artistry in winemaking.
This broader backbone of fruit concentration and vibrancy bestows the 2015 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree with a profound depth and complexity that is both luxurious and rewarding. Unexpected notes of honeysuckle and white almond provide a hint of warmth and allure.
Bottled Poetry: an investment in perfection
The holistic approach to viniculture evident in the 2015 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree reflects the astute expertise inherent in all Chapoutier offerings, making it an investment-worthy bottle for any discerning collector. It elegantly captures the quintessence of the Rhône Valley's terroir whilst accentuating it with a golden touch indicative of this exceptional vintage.
The final impression left by this wine is one of finesse, finishing with gentle waves of vanilla and toast. The 2015 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree by Chapoutier is an opulent example of the fusion between meticulously managed vineyards and serendipitous weather conditions, underscored by keen attention to detail in its execution.
Remember, an inspired investment in a vintage such as this not only procures a trophy for your cellar but guarantees an extraordinary experience - one that goes beyond mere tasting, into the realm of timeless appreciation for dedication to the winemaker's craft.
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Scores and tasting notes
Of the three sélection parcellaire whites, the 2015 Ermitage de l’Orée is the most fresh and lively, with full-bodied richness and depth in its pineapple, mint, tropical fruits, toasted bread, brioche and liquid rock-styled aromas and flavors. It has good acidity, a stacked mid-palate and one seriously long finish.
Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate, 30 December 2016