The thickest, most unctuous, full-bodied and sexy white of the vintage is the 2014 Ermitage de l’Orée. Coming all from the sedimentary soils of the Les Murets and aged mostly in demi-muids (only 15% new), it offers a sensational perfume of caramelized peaches, campfire, honeysuckle and white flowers that literally come soaring from the glass. Possessing uncommon density, a stacked mid-palate, loads of sweet fruit and a blockbuster finish, this hedonistic effort can be drunk with incredibly pleasure today, or cellared for a decade or more. It will have three or more decades of overall longevity.
A rich style, with a lightly buttered edge leading the way, though there's ample drive to the core of white peach, melon and pear flavors. A light honeysuckle edge frames the finish, presenting a toasted macadamia nut echo. Scrumptious. Drink now through 2025. 24 cases imported.
Cask sample. In Les Murets in the east of Hermitage. Alkaline granite. Rich, smooth nose and then very tight, mineral finish. Sculpted palate and great potential. Light toastiness on the finish. Jancis Robinson
Expressive nose displaying energetic succulent ripe yellow fruit, candied lemon, Meyer lemon, pear, white peach, honey, acacia and limestone. Excellent concentration, succulent yellow fruit driven palate impression, exceptional precision via bright acidity and strong presence of mineral and a long clean mineral driven finish. It is certainly ripe but surprisingly well balanced and energetic. Very similar to Beaucastel Roussanne VV but more precise and not as opulent. There are moments when it reminds a ripe year GC Chablis with a strong mineral expression.
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