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  • Country ranking ?

    305
  • Producer ranking ?

    8
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    White meat and creamy sauce

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The Story

The grapes producing "De L'Orée" come from the plot "Les Murets" in the Eastern part of the hill. The soil was formed by alluvium deposited by the Rhône and Isère Rivers during the Ice Age. It comprises of a mixture of rolled pebbles and sand. The old vines (70 years old) guarantee low yields of high quality grapes. De L'Orée is always a great critical favourite. Its Marsanne, so intense due to low yields and high ripeness, handles barrel fermentation without leaving overt oak tones. An amazing wine over time, its qualities of white fruit, honeysuckle, quince, hazelnut continue to awe all observers. It is one of the longest living dry white wines in France.  

Grape variety: Marsanne from 60 to 70 year old vines. Guarantees the high quality of this wine.

Soil: The grapes producing « De l'Orée » come from the plot « Les Murets » on a chalky-limestone soil.

Harvesting: Hand harvesting at advanced maturity

Vinification: After pressing, the must is cold-racked for 24 hours. About 50 % is vinified in new casks, the rest in vats.

Maturing: Organoleptic tests are carried out by frequent tastings to determine how long it should remain in casks before bottling.

Ageing potential: +25 years

Matching food: Seafood (crayfish & lobster). Foie gras. White meat and creamy sauce. Curry and spicy dishes. Goat's cheese, blue cheese.

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eading off three single-vintage whites from Hermitage, the stunning 2013 Ermitage Cuvee de L’Orée has an off-the-hook bouquet that includes just about everything you could think of when considering Hermitage Blanc. White peach, white flowers, almond paste, quince and wet rock are just some of the nuances, and it packs a serious punch on the palate, with full-bodied richness, a flamboyant, expansive texture and riveting focus and purity. Give it a year or so and drink it over the following 2-3 decades. Michel Chapoutier has once again produced one of the reference-point lineups for the entire Rhône Valley. Certainly, his 2012s lived up to my billing last year, and they’re easily some of the finest efforts produced in the vintage, not only with his top cuvees in Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, but also in the up-and-coming appellation of St Joseph, as well as in Condrieu (where his Coteaux du Chery is one of the finest in the appellation), St Péray and Crozes Hermitage. You can see my thrilled reviews on his 2012 Southern Rhônes in Issue 215. His 2012 whites were all reviewed last year from bottle, but they were included again in the massive tasting at this estate this year, so I opted to include them again. They all showed as good, if not better, than last year. Tasted out of bottle this year, the Le Meal, Pavillon and l’Ermite came in at the top of their barrel reviews from last year, which puts them on par with what was accomplished in 2009 and 2010. That’s shocking to me, but the proof is in the glass, as they say. Incredibly, I find the quality in the 2013s almost as compelling, and Michel thinks there’s more than one perfect wine in that lineup. His Le Meal and Les Greffieux releases, in particular, seem to have hit another level recently. These will see an extended élevage in barrel, and I suspect a few will still be in barrel next year for my tastings as well. The 2013 whites are some of the finest I’ve ever tasted from him, and they have incredible concentration, depth and length, with beautiful acidity and freshness. Marsanne just doesn’t get any better than what’s put into his le Meal, l’Ermite and de L’Orée cuvees. A wine I think competes at that level (and I’ve had it side by side numerous times) is his Saint Joseph Les Granits Blanc. Unfortunately, it’s now being priced at roughly the same level and falls outside what I would normally classify as value. Nevertheless, it’s a world-class example of Northern Rhône white and will age for two decades or more. However, a wine that’s still a smoking value is his Chante Alouette, and readers wanting to get a small taste of what’s offered by his upper-tier whites need to get a bottle (or more) of the 2012. Other wines to keep on your radar are his single-vineyard releases from Domaine de Bila Haut in the Roussillon. These are incredible wines and I’ll report on the new releases from here early next year. 100 points / www.erobertparker.com
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Origin

Cornas, Rhône

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

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Chante-Aloutte Hermitage

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La Muse de RW

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