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 Vintage1995 Label 1 of 15 
ProducerM. Chapoutier (web)
DesignationErmitage Blanc
VineyardDe L'Orée
SubRegionNorthern Rhône
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2035 (based on 9 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Chapoutier Hermitage Blanc l`Oree on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.4 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 40 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by TWSA on 3/22/2015 & rated 93 points: Duration: 3 hours
Food: Salmon, steak
Aroma: honeysuckle, pear, red date, hint of Flintstone
Note: I've had a 1994 last month and this delivers pretty consistent feeling with the 94, opens with a floral aroma following hints of Flintstone and some citrus on the palate. With an amazingly long aftertaste that is both thick and sweet, this wine could match any oily and greasy food but at the same time could also pair well with decent and carefully prepared French food. I've always liked Chapoutier's whites, especially aged ones that gives just the right level of sophistication yet never too full bodied. (243 views)
 Tasted by the player on 3/2/2015 & rated 93 points: See previous notes. This wine can really pair with any food. (274 views)
 Tasted by the player on 1/4/2015 & rated 93 points: Slightly less pristine bottle than the last one. Decanted and drank over two hours+. Did not chill post decanting and should have a bit. Deep golden color, apricots, honeysuckle on the nose along with minerals and stone. Luscious entry on the palate, fat and rich mid palate and a nice vibrant finish for this delightful full bodied wine. Hope the next bottle is better and will try to preserve the temperature at around 13 degrees next time. (402 views)
 Tasted by the player on 12/20/2014 & rated 95 points: Flabbergasting. Deep golden color, decanted and put the decanter in a bucket filled with cold water to preserve the best drinking temperature. On the nose honeysuckle, stones, dried apricots, stone and minerals. What a complex wine that pairs with a variety of foods. Excellent fat entry on the palate, great structured this is a stunner mid palate almost viscous in density, full bodied, multi layered, and an excellent finish, no sweetness just pure bliss with stones and minerals dominating. My kind of wine. (456 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 6/27/2014 & rated 95 points: Finally we get a great bottle. Needed like 1 hour of decanting and it has to be served chilled but not cold (Made a big difference) . Definitely one needs to like the style. We have tried this before with average results but this Magnum tonight performed at par to the hype. The notion that the wine goes to sleep and resurfaces post 5-7yrs (Chapoutier supports the theory too) seems to hold true. Well secondary fruit, rich apricot, mineral wine. Open and well developed, the fresh feel is gone but still the wine is alive and vibrant. That characteristic marsanne bitterness is still there and the wine seems to have a lot of life ahead of it. Andreas 94 / Nicoletta 96 so 95. Gladly we have 2 more bottles! (1174 views)
 Tasted by RayOB on 6/20/2014 & rated 90 points: Drank at Home
This is a very different type of white wine with a lot of sherry notes and quite oxidised. It is pleasant with a nose of raisins, citrus, walnuts and Sherry. (875 views)
 Tasted by KPB on 1/18/2014 & rated 91 points: At age 18, this wine is blossoming... But you need to like the style. I really didn't see this turn-around coming: my last bottle was dead, five years ago. The nose shows Madeira aromas, orange peel, walnuts, wax, golden raisins. Rich texture and deep, nutty flavors with assertive acidity and a long finish. My wife (who doesn't love old Madiera, despite having tried some great ones) didn't love this either... (1402 views)
 Tasted by wineglas on 11/23/2013 & rated 93 points: Excellent with honey, floral and orange peel. Medium finish and in a great place. Drink now. (1290 views)
 Tasted by cct on 11/21/2013 & rated 94 points: Just merging from the "in betweens". Marzipan, lanolin, a little honeyed fruit, and more of a stony feel than the 91 Chave a few days ago. Very dense and powerful, but not at all heavy or cloying. Deep and interestingly simultaneously very expansive on the palate while maintaining excellent focus. On the palate more almond-marzipan, peach pit, and mineral. Very deep and very long. Gaining nuance and depth with air and even more so the next day. Rich, powerful and very well balanced. I suspect this will be even better in 5-10+. I think I like Chapoutier's whites more than his reds. Impressive. 94+ pts. (1327 views)
 Tasted by 14Frimaire on 11/3/2012: ... And this one was good. Who knows? (1946 views)
 Tasted by markelln@bellsouth.net on 7/28/2012 & rated 92 points: @ Tuyo w John Hilliard, Chrisitine Bruce, Roberta & David Ehrenreich. David's wine. Has aged well. Golden Yellow with excellent minerality. (2238 views)
 Tasted by Jossik on 12/30/2011 & rated 82 points: Colore ambrato, quasi da biodinamico ossidato. Forse ha sofferto i due mostri che aveva di fianco, ma era davvero stanco. Al naso fiori d'arancio, mentolato, quasi dolce in bocca. Dopo al naso esce dell'erba secca, verde, dadolato, e miele al naso. (2644 views)
 Tasted by KingBarolo on 8/6/2011: Drank with Harold...very disappointing..old, flat sherry.couldn't finish. (3007 views)
 Tasted by aof on 5/30/2011 & rated 91 points: Waxy, butterscotch caramel flavors with considerable heat. A bit disappointing. (2727 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/27/2011 flawed bottle: Flat. Bad storage. Heading downhill. Drinking like a non-sweet dessert wine (2169 views)
 Tasted by 14Frimaire on 2/4/2011: More butterscotch. What happened? (2329 views)
 Tasted by GRAPE JUICE on 11/20/2010: Alcohol :: 13.9%
It was quick a luck to be able to taste this wine. Med golden, vibrant in color. A very unique aromatic profile, layer and layer of pure honey citrus and yellow fruits, white flower, almond nut with huge mineral, sea shell and sea breeze background, this immediately link me to the dry sherry that I had sometime ago, just a tad more riper, complex and broad-shoulder. The powerful palate is equivalent as fabulous as the nose, super clean, perfectly balance that you hardly notice the underlying richness and concentration and the 13.9% alcohol of the wine. Slight sweet entry with tons of honey yellow fruits, nut, mineral with touch of white flower nuances with ripe, lively acidity provide a firm support and precision that quickly turn to very dry, clean, long persistent finish with mineral and sea shell aftertaste. This is a wine that you will either love it or hate it. Buy - Maybe. (2494 views)
 Tasted by PeterH on 6/30/2010 & rated 95 points: Wow, what a fantastic bottle of Marsanne. A tiny bit of sherry flavor added to the complexity. Delicious and ready to go... (2699 views)
 Tasted by tooch on 3/11/2010 & rated 90 points: 1990's Northern Rhone Dinner @ Dino (Dino, Washington DC): Dull nickel color. Apricot nose with glycerin and diesel. This wine changed significant after only 4-5 minutes in my glass. Somewhat boring at first, this glass changed into a really stunning glass of wine. There was a fair amount of raw vanilla bean and roasted nuts on the palate and a really seductive creaminess as well. (3417 views)
 Tasted by Faryan on 3/11/2010 & rated 91 points: A Foray to the N. Rhone: Cote Rotie, Misc Hermitage and a La Chapelle vertical (Dino's Restaurant): Decanted for about 2 hours. David had remarked that the wine was quite reticent upon opening, but this wine was alive in the glass. Waxy aromas of honeycomb with light floral elements, it was a nice aged example, past its primary fruit. The wine had significant weight while remaining somewhat delicate on the palate; a requisite sign of great whites. I wasn’t blown away by it, as it seemed to lack another dimension of complexity and finish. It also lacked verve with its fruit, but to be expected with advanced age. Enjoy now. (3113 views)
 Tasted by jahlove on 3/10/2010 & rated 93 points: 90s Northern Rhone Tasting (Dino's): Smelled oxidized at first, but with air in the glass revealed itself as an incredibly rich and complex white. Loads of baked fruit, custard, smoke, butter. Deep and long. Still has some acidity kicking. Slight heat, but still fascinating. (3203 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 11/21/2009: Quick follow up post a Chapoutier Masterclass, given by the man himshelf. He confirmed the notiona that most of the white hermitage (and his especially) seem to close down around year 7 and open again in yr 15 or so. Keep this in mind and good luck. (2993 views)
 Tasted by wineismylife on 9/12/2009: Paul Does Dallas - Berserker Style (Eden, Dallas, TX): WIMLNR

Tasted September 12, 2009 at an offline.

Yellow to dark yellow color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of paraffin, Windex and yellow pears. Light, singular flavor of yellow pears. Light acidity and body. Drink now. (3466 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 9/6/2009: Nose of apricots on the open but then went flat and harsh very fast. Maybe something wrong with this one.. (3114 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 6/7/2009: Enjoyed via the courtesy of Wells Guthrie. During lunch, Wells grabbed this bottle from the cellar to help us understand where he sees white wine, where his style and passion evolve from. 100% Marsanne, crushed rocks, minerals and a lemon chiffon nose. The color is yellow gold. As much as the nose portends richness, and even with the glycerine lemon-oil notes and marmalade, the wine is not sweet or cloying. Very nice and a first for me in this kind of wine. (3307 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
(Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc .de l.Oree.) had a muskier sweetness to its nose with a leathery edge and white fruits to go with the obligatory yellow ones. The minerals were forward, blending into a glue aroma. The anise and alcohol were more noticeably aggressive, but the structure of the wine was outstanding. It was more finish than fruit, rocky and a hair alcoholic, but it had really long acids, the longest so far. The palate was a bit shut down, but the nose stayed exotic and the palate held well in the glass. This was a great vintage of .de l.Oree  95+ points
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M. Chapoutier

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Varietal character (Appellation America)


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Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Northern Rhône

Guide to the wines and appellations of the Northern Rhone Valley -

The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Regional History:
Phocaean Greeks established viticulture in the Rhone as far back as 600 BC, but until the 14th century the wines were not seen outside the region. The establishment of the Avignonese Papacy (1305-1377) brought fame to the region's wine-so much so that their Burgundian neighbors to the north banned wines from the Rhone in 1446, a measure that effectively cut off trade with England and other Northern European markets for over 200 years. Stretching southward from Lyon to just south of Avignon, the Rhone produces a wide variety of wines, with the appellations north of Valence producing the least (in volume), and the towns south of Montelimar producing prodigious amounts. As in other regions, the most interesting wines come from small farms. Saint-Joseph, in the northern Rhone, extends for some distance between Condrieu in the north to Saint-Peray in the south. The reds are made from Syrah and the rare whites from Marsanne and Rousanne, and Viognier.


Guide to Hermitage wine

• The appellation stretches over 3 com­munes in the Drôme "département" : Tain-l'Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Larnage.

• The soils are a combination of grani­te with alluvial quaternary delta depo­sits, and, on the eastern side, Pliocene clay. This diversity explains the nume­rous different names given to vineyard plots within the appellation : Bessards, Greffieux, Méal, Roucoule, Beaumes, etc.

• The meso-climate provides shelter from the north winds, where the majo­rity of the slopes is well exposed, facing south.

•The vineyards area adds up to 134 hectares/331 acres, with an annual production of 3,635 hectoliters. Authorized maxi­mum yield is 40 hectoliters/hectare (2.3 US tons/acres).

• Grape varieties : Syrah (an addition of up to 15% of Marsanne or Roussanne is allowed).

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