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Ratings "Le Vin De Paille 1999 White"
R. Parker - Wine Advocate - 91/100
"There are limited cuvees of Chapoutier's sweet, oily, viscous vin de paille. The amber-colored 1999 Ermitage Vin de Paille reveals more new oak than expected, but it had just finished fermentation and perhaps is not as seamless as it will be in several years. It is made from grapes harvested in late October/early November, and kept on straw mats for two months prior to being crushed and vinified. This wine can last one-hundred plus years."
Vinous - 94/100
"(this is just under 14% alcohol with about 130 grams per liter of residual sugar) Orange-gold color, with a reddish tinge. High-toned, carnal aromas of quince jam, orange peel, toffee and raisiny dried fruits; shows a strong Tokaji-like aspect. Superconcentrated and sweet but not particularly glyceral, with firm acids giving the wine an uncanny lightness. Strong notes of game and truffle. Finishes extremely long and honeyed. A distinctly volatile but thoroughly fascinating sweet wine."
In the Rhone Valley, or through the most beautiful regions of France and the world, the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER lets the terroir express itself.
the wine has an outstanding balance, concentrated and a great length. This wine can be kept more than 50 years.
Sommelier's advice: The Vin de Paille is more a desert in itself than a wine used with deserts. However, it can be matched with fruits pies : apricots, citrus fruits...
The crop is harvested by successive sortings and then dried on a straw bed for almost two months before pressing.
The winemaking process of the Vin de Paille finds its roots in the vineyard of the Hermitage. In order to revive this tradition, Michel CHAPOUTIER has decided, since 1990, to devote a part of his white Hermitage crop to raisining on straw bed.
The obtained must has a minimum concentration of 360 g of sugar per liter. After fermentation, the actual alcohol content is close to 15% vol for a residual sugar amount of 105 g per liter.
Fermentation and ageing are entirely performed in oak casks. Bottling is carried out 24 months later.