|Rhône||2017||Ermitage L'Orée, Maison M. Chapoutier||BT||5||6||1,550.00||12||66||172.222228||98.00||98.00||Ermitage L'Oree, Chapoutier||0.75|
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Brought up in just 18% new French oak, with 15% in stainless steel, the 2017 Ermitage de L’Orée is a big, rich, exotic effort that has loads of caramelized citrus, white flowers, green almonds, and licorice aromas and flavors. A wine that changes with time in the glass, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a rounded, layered texture, and a great finish. As with the Le Méal, it’s made in a slightly more fresh, focused style that’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring.
There are a substantial 909 cases of the 2017 Ermitage de l'Orée. Sourced from Les Murets' clay soils, it combines hints of struck flint with honey, pear and baking spices on the nose. Full-bodied, with a layered sense of richness and ample concentration, it's a big but balanced wine. While it lacks the zest and freshness of the 2016, it should still drink well for close to two decades. 2018 - 2035
Cask sample. 32 hl/ha.
Perhaps a touch of reductive matchstick aroma on the nose, with more life and fruit intensity than their Le Méal. Thick and glutinous on the palate. Mealy and chewy in texture. Lengthy finish with good refreshment.