Vinous 94 points - Deep gold. Remarkably pure peach, apricot, citrus honey and hazelnut aromas pack a huge punch, with lime and dusty minerality adding verve. Equally rich on the palate, with the pit fruit and honey qualities repeating and a whack of bitter quinine adding focus. Poses richness and weight against vivacity, finishing with superb clarity and clinging sweetness. Can’t get this off the palate.
Wine Advocate 99 points - Chapoutier’s line-up of single vineyard white Ermitages, all from mid- to upper slopes of that small appellation, are prodigious wines. I have been following them since he first introduced L’Oree in 1991, and they are sensational to drink in their first 4-5 years, then seem to go into a rather bizarre oxidized stage that can last for 7-8 years, and then they re-emerge as something even more complex. The one thing I never understand is how the color sometimes actually lightens as they age, which makes no sense to me whatsoever, although I suspect there must be some scientific explanation. The 2006 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree exhibits classic peach jam, marmalade, quince, white stone, and crushed rocks, full-bodied intensity, crisp acidity, and amazing freshness, in spite of huge power. I have no idea what the alcohol levels on these wines are, but I suspect they must be in the 15% range, yet the acidities are so high, the balance is struck. My aging curve on all of these single-vineyard wines is pretty much the same, and these are very strong vintages with higher acidity than 2005. (Feb 2008)
Wine Spectator 97 points - Very rich, with nearly oily texture and ripe, slightly smoky notes of mango, creamed peach, guava and melon. Long and creamy through the finish, with a buried stony minerality that helps stretch it out. There’s more power now, so let this assimilate fully in the cellar. Best from 2010 through 2025. 967 cases made. JM
Nearly perfect, the beautiful 2006 Ermitage Cuvee de lOree offers up sensational aromas of quince, honeyed hazelnuts, white currants, flowers, and a liqueur of crushed rocks. Incredible glycerin as well as zesty acids give this enormously-endowed, thick, massive wine surprising lift and laser-like focus. It should drink well for half a century! (Jul 31 2008)