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The 2012 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree is still firing on all cylinders, sporting heavenly notes of powdered rock, white flowers, honeyed orange blossom, white currants and a saltiness that keeps you coming back to the glass. Full-bodied, voluptuous and decadent, drink it anytime over the coming 2-3 decades.
Coming from the Les Murets lieu-dit (which is on the eastern side of Hermitage hill, located further down on the slope) and vines over 80 years in age, the 2012 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree is about as good as white Hermitage gets. Offering incredible aromatics of buttered citrus, honeyed apricot, celery seed and a liquid rock-like minerality, it flows onto the palate with full-bodied richness, brilliant concentration and laser-like focus that carries through the finish. Spectacular on all accounts, it's monumental stuff that will age for decades. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years (there is no harm in drinking these beauties young), or hold off until around 2022. Drink: 2013 - 2018.