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5290 M.CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE DE L'OREE BLANC 2002 750ml
5290 M.CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE DE L'OREE BLANC 2002 750ml


 
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RP93


Perhaps the most surprising thing is how spectacular the 2002 whites are from Michel Chapoutier. Because of space limitations, I am only listing the numerical score for this wine, which is evolved, but exceptional for such a challenging vintage. As I have said so many times over the last 15 years, the top Chapoutier wines are meant for very long term drinking, and are not designed for immediate gratification. Everything Chapoutier is doing, from his bio-dynamically farmed vineyard to tiny yields, extended fermentations, indigenous yeasts, and no fining or filtration, is done to produce the essence of a vineyard and a vintage. His track record since 1989 and 1990 admirably proves that these are indeed remarkable wines made by a young genius who refuses to compromise. Michel Chapoutier has been misunderstood by some of his peers, and there is a lot of jealousy when someone this young is so incredibly talented, but it is an irrefutable fact that these are wines of singular greatness as well as longevity. (eRobertParker)

WS92

This is a rich, butterscotch- and toast-driven white, with plenty of fig, Bosc pear, dried pineapple and floral notes as well. Focused and lengthy on the finish, but this needs cellaring to show its best.(WineSpectator)





Ermitage wines possess a rich historical past. They were appreciated as early on as Roman times when they were enjoyed (as well as Côte Rotie wines) under the name of " Vienne wines "and were later to be called " Saint Christopher's hillside wines " because of a chapel there bearing the saint's name. They were also to be known of as " Tournon wines ". The name of Ermitage probably first appeared in the XVIIth Century in memory of Henry Gaspard, a knight from Stérimberg : who having come back from the Crusades (in the XIIIth Century) and tired of waging war, lived as a hermite on a hillside which had been given to him by Anne of Castille, Queen of Spain. There he planted a vineyard. Alexander Dumas as well as the Tsar Nicholas II are among the many connoisseurs of this particularly highly estimated wine.


GRAPE
Marsanne. The old vines (60 to 70 years old) guarantee low yields and a quality production.

SOIL
The grapes producing “De l’Orée” come from “Les Murets” plot. This soil is made up with very old fluvioglacial alluvial deposits.

HARVEST
Hand harvesting at maturity.

WINE MAKING
After pressing, the must is cold-settling for around 24 hours. About 50% is vinified in big wooden barrels (600 liters) with regular stirrings of the lees, the rest is in vats.

AGEING
Maturing on lees with regular stirrings for 6 months. Before bottling, the ageing in casks is checked by frequent tastings. The maturing lasts between 10 and 12 months.

TASTING
COLOUR : intense golden yellow, with hints of green and gold.
NOSE : very intense, hot shingles, toffee, very ripe, fruity lemon with floral overtones of acacia and hawthorn.
MOUTH : well-rounded start, full bodied, very complex with overtones of ripe fruits, spices and roasting. Very long in the mouth, with a fresh final note.

According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years, indeed from 50 to 75 years.

(by M.CHAPOUTIER)


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