The awesome 1999 Ermitage Cuvee de l`Oree flirts with perfection. It is full-bodied, with an incredible bouquet of liquid minerals, licorice, honeysuckle, citrus, and a hint of tropical fruits. One-hundred percent new oak aging has been completely absorbed by the wine`s fruit and glycerin. This is a winemaking tour de force, made from exceedingly low yields of 12-15 hectoliters per hectare (less than one ton of fruit per acre). However, readers should understand that these are often unusual wines to drink because they tend to show exceptionally well for 4-5 years after bottling, then close up until about age 12. They can last for 4-5 decades. Anticipated maturity: now-2006; 2012-2050. Along with Gerard and Jean-Louis Chave, Chapoutier is producing the finest expressions of white Hermitage. His single vineyard cuvees are to die for if you like these eccentric, idiosyncratic, mammoth dry whites.
"Michel Chapoutier's enthusiasm and commitment to exceptional, naturally made wines is a winemaking triumph, as well as a clear victory for all who care about the quality of wine."
While the estate was born in the early 19th century, the real story of the wines we see today began when Marius Chapoutier took the winemaking into his own hands; dissatisfied with what his neighbors were producing and with the faith he could do better.
In 1990, Michel Chapoutier quickly established his family’s estate, taking it to the top at the young age of 26. Old world coupled with biodynamics and a legacy of experience, gifts us with remarkable, unflitered wines we can enjoy now or lay down for at least a decade. Just in 2003, 88 of the wines were awarded 90+ points by highly acclaimed critics. Vintages to look out for: 1990, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001.
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