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Domaine Chapoutier Michel

Rhône wine Domaine Chapoutier Michel Ermitage
Domaine Chapoutier
Ermitage
De L'Orée
2009 
Notations : 
  • Robert Parker : 100 points
  • Your Cellarman :
    100 points
230.00 €
Quantity 
White wine
0,75 L
CARD-INDEX OF CELLAR
Area : Vallée du Rhône
Name : Hermitage
Type : White wine
Grape variety : Marsanne
Structure : Ample, Complex, Deep, Finesse, Freshness, Length, Rich
Families of flavor : Chèvrefeuille, Dried fruits, Exotic fruits, Flowers, Fresh fruits, Spices
Conservation : A boire jusqu'en 2030
Temperature of service : 11°
Mets/Wines agreements : Bar en croûte d'épices, Daurade royale en papillote, Risotto aux truffes
Capacity : Bottle (0,75 L)
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Description :
Very full, with off-the-charts intensity, this wine was fashioned from yields of 13 hectoliters per hectare (which is financial suicide) from 90 to 100-year old Marsanne vines. The result is an amazingly concentrated white wine that should drink well for 50+ years.

Domaine Chapoutier Michel

Maison Chapoutier  Côte Rotie  

The huge shift in quality that came about is largely attributed to Michel. As is the case with many top winemakers Michel Chapoutier believes that great wine is made in the vineyard, not in the cellar, and so it is here that some of the most dramatic changes were made.
Chapoutier favours low yields, and eschew the Chapoutieruse of cultured yeasts. Most significantly, the domaine subsequently went entirely biodynamic. In the cellar, the handling of grapes was altered, with some cuvées undergoing 100% destemming, early temperature control during fermentation, long cuvaison and separate vinification according to terroir.

The press wine - frequently a source of harsh tannins - is not used. In order to make the whites more approachable in their youth aliquots of each wine undergo separate vinifications with one third in barrel, enamel and inox vats. Most importantly, the Chapoutier put an end to the excessive fining and filtration previously employed, and the top cuvées are now bottled without any fining or filtration at all. And for many appellations Chapoutier introduced super-cuvées, from selected parcels of old vines, some of which are of extremely high quality.

Overall, the Chapoutier style is intended to be approachable young, but with the structure to age. One aspect of the Chapoutier style that has come in for criticism is their use of oak. Michel in fact reduced the period of ageing in oak from two years to eighteen months, but of the barrels used up to one third are new, which can make for a very oaky impact on the wine.

Chapoutier owns plots that occupy a significant proportion of the hill of Hermitage, in a number of vineyards, including Les Bessards, Greffieux, Chapelle, Méal, Muret and Chante-Alouette. From these plots come a number of red and white Hermitage cuvées. The whites can be fabulous and include Chante-Alouette, l’Ermite, Le Méal and De l’Oree. The red cuvées include Pavillon, La Sizeranne, l’Ermite, Le Méal and a young vines cuvée Mûre de Larnage. There is also a Vin de Paille - a sweet wine made from dried grapes. In addition Chapoutier owns vines in Cote Rotie - source of La Mordorée and Les Bécasses.

   Maison Chapoutier  Côte Rotie

Notes de dégustation

Robert Parker : 100 points
"There are 477 cases of the light gold-colored 2009 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree, which I would be happy to insert in a blind tasting against the world’s greatest dry white wines, including Montrachet. The famous gout de petrol is there along with hints of citrus oil, wet steel, crushed rocks, quince, white currants, anise and honeysuckle. Very full, with off-the-charts intensity, this wine was fashioned from yields of 13 hectoliters per hectare (which is financial suicide) from 90 to 100-year old Marsanne vines. The result is an amazingly concentrated white wine that should drink well for 50+ years." (2011)

 

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