The 1998 M. Chapoutier Hermitage Vin de Paille, like the ’07, is 100% Marsanne that’s aged for 2 months on straw mats prior to pressing and aging in new oak. It shows an aged sauterne like bouquet of dried honeycomb, crème brûlée, vanilla bean, and ripe fruit that slowly builds in the glass, revealing huge richness, as well as impressive complexity and nuance. Very full and powerful on the palate, with a firm, edgy texture, serious concentration, and a massive finish, this leans more towards the dry dessert wine spectrum and doesn’t have an overt amount of sweetness present.
Pale gold. Reticent but lively aromas of fresh apricot, honey, spice and mint. Thick and lush in the mouth, but with bright acids, a strongly spicy character and lovely floral lift giving it uncanny freshness. Finishes extremely long and spicy. (ST)
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