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2003 Chapoutier Hermitage de L'Oree - 750 ml

99
RP

Product ID: 27597-750-AS
Availability: Out of Stock
Vintage: 2003
Format: 750 ml
Color: White
Country: France
Producer: Chapoutier
Rating: 99 RP
Region: Rhone
Type of Wine: Hermitage
Varietal: Shiraz/Syrah

Description: Nearly perfect, one of the most prodigious dry white wines I have ever tasted is the 2003 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree. A 669-case cuvee fashioned from yields of 10 hectoliters per hectare, it offers aromas and flavors beyond anything I have previously tasted in a dry white. It tastes like a liqueur of licorice intermixed with a liqueur of honeysuckle, quince, and rocks. Opulent, viscous, and full-bodied, at first glance it is seemingly fragile and over the top, but it boasts extraordinary freshness and liveliness as well as monster concentration and a finish that lasts over 60 seconds. I suspect it will drink beautifully for 3-4 years, then go into a funky stage, and re-emerge two decades later. It may be a 100-year wine ... but who knows? Without question, it is a tour de force in winemaking.

Robert Parker
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