Hermitage, is a French wine appellation d’Origine Controlee (AOC) in the northen Rhone Valley. While Hermitage widely known for it’s red wine (100% Syrah) and recognize as one of the best wine in the world, it also produced a small quantities of white wines from Marsanne & Roussane grape, which is different in style and character with Chardonnay in Burgundy.
Often, I read many reviews that saying how good is Hermitage blanc and always wanted to try, especially the Blanc from M.Chapoutier. The white wine from M.Chapoutier (le Meal Blanc, l’Ermite Blanc and Blanc de L’Oree), always merit super high score from Mr.Parker and few of them even merit a perfect 100pts! However, with the good reviews and praises, steep price tag is expected.
It was by chance, and luck that I could try this as there was a return bottle from customer of a local wine shop saying the bottle is not in right condition. After tried, I can’t agree that the bottle has problem and the staff of the wine shop also agreed. However, I could also understand why the customer complaint this was a problematic bottle as this is not a wine that will please everyone, and to a certain extent, a wine that you will either love it or hate it.
1995 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc De L’Orée (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)
- 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.