Barrel sample. Sediment from quaternary age. Just yields of 10 hl/ha thanks to hail. Tiny allocations this year. (They no longer work with six of their eight bordeaux négociants – not enough wine.) Pale gold. Light cough-medicine notes on the nose and lots of saltiness and bitterness on the palate. All on the palate here. Builds towards the finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2040
Robert Parker 97
As usual, Chapoutier’s selections parcellaires are stunning. The 2016 Ermitage de l’Oree from Les Murets’ clay soils combines hints of honey and toast with tangerine zest and melon. It’s 100% Marsanne, yet shows exuberant, nearly tropical flavors and absolutely no bitterness. It’s full-bodied, completely mouth coating and rich, yet it finishes with zesty vitality and sherbet-like cleanliness. It should drink well for at least two decades.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035