De L’Orée Blanc Ermitage 2017
De L’Orée is always a critic’s favorite with, at best, only 600 cases produced per year. It is Marsanne, so intense due to low yields and high ripeness, that handles barrel fermentation without leaving overt oak tones. The site is the alluvial Coteaux des Murets in the eastern part of the Hermitage hill. It is one of the longest-living dry white wines in France.
APPEARANCE: Intense golden yellow, with hints of green and gold
NOSE: Very intense and ripe, hot shingles, toffee, fruity lemon with floral overtones of acacia and hawthorn
PALATE: Well-rounded, full bodied, very complex with overtones of ripe fruits and spices. Very long and fresh finish.
VARIETAL: 100% Marsanne. The old vines (60-70 years old) guarantee low yields and a quality production.
TERROIR: The grapes producing “De l’Orée” come from “Les Murets” plot. This soil is made up with very old fluvioglacial alluvial deposits.
VINIFICATION: Hand-harvested generally at a very good maturity (the potential alcohol content is above 14% vol.). After pressing the entire grapes, the must is cold settling between 24 and 48 hours. About 50% of the volume is vinified in big new wooden barrels (600 liters), the others ferment in vats.
Aging: Maturing on lees with regular stirrings for 6 months. Before bottling, the ageing in casks is checked by frequent tastings. The maturing lasts between 10 and 12 months.
GASTRONOMY: Foie gras, Fish (Crayfish, Lobster) Poultry in sauces, Cheeses (goat’s, blue) and spicy dishes (curry). According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30-60 years, indeed from 50-75 years.