Leading 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. (JD)
This has a weighty, honeyed feel, with lots of heather, salted butter, warm piecrust and toasted macadamia nut notes leading the way, followed by creamed melon and yellow apple fruit. Lovely twinges of white ginger and mirabelle plum lend cut and contrast at the end. Drink now through 2030. (JM)
Light yellow-gold. An impressively complex bouquet evokes ripe citrus and orchard fruits, iodine and white flowers, and a hint of smoky minerals emerges with air. Sappy, penetrating and focused on the palate, offering intense Meyer lemon, quince, ginger and sweet butter flavors that deepen and spread out on the back half. Powerful and deeply concentrated yet graceful, finishing with superb energy and lingering floral and mineral notes. The vines from which this wine is sourced are in the Les Murets lieu-dit. (JR)
3.5 ha, 100% Marsanne. The grapes producing De l’Orée come from the plot Les Murets in the eastern part of the hill. The soil was formed by alluvions coming from the Rhône and Isère Rivers during the ice age. It is composed of rolled pebbles and sand. The old vines (70 years old) guarantee low yields of high quality grapes. Very deep coppery gold. Heady flowers/lilies on the nose. Stone fruits on the palate. Neat and complete and quite evolved already. Very charming -- manages to combine body and freshness. Quite a triumph. Though a bit lighter than many vintages. 18/20 points. Drink 2015-2025.
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