Just a great showing for this wine. It can be difficult to know when to open a white Hermitage with age on it. The wines are mysterious, shutting down and opening up on their own schedule. This bottle seemed old at first but kept getting "younger" as it opened. Golden in color (darker than expected), clear and bright. The nose is interesting with pears, slight orange peel, hints of wax and maybe a bit of a floral tone. Full bodied. On the palate, at first this seemed a bit oxidized but not shot. With air, those flavors disappeared to be followed by pears, slight citrus and char. Go
A white wine from one of the top producers of Hermitage, Paul Jaboulet. A 60/40 blend of Marsanne and Rousanne. It seems to be a bit "lighter" in style but that works very well. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is great. It has a fresh air quality along with slight pineapple, a bit of wax, and some apricot. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, red apples and slight citrus. Long finish. This is tasty on its own and will work well with sea food or fowl. Drink over the next ten years.
Guigal makes a lot of wine and just about all of it is excellent and priced fairly. This wine is no exception. It is 95% Marsanne with 5% Roussanne. It sees 2 years in second year oak barrels. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is waxy with red apples. Oily texture. Full bodied. On the palate, apples with a bit of spice. Crisp-ish. Good finish. This is delicious and a wonderful wine. Great on its own, this will be food friendly with sea food, ham or fowl. Drink over the next eight to ten years.
This started a bit tight, but with three hours of air, this was absolutely singing. 80% Marsanne with 20% Rousanne grapes from multiple vineyards. Golden in color with some green hues, clear and bright. The nose initially shows tightly with limes, some melons and spice. With air, more notes come out; salinity, butterscotch, almonds but also more melons and slight lemons. Really complex. Great "slick" texture with pin point balance and energy. The palate mirrors the nose and really explodes with lots of air. Melons, quince, spice, minerality and a bit of almonds on the finish. Layer
White Rhones can be tricky, but this one was hitting on all cylinders from the get-go. This is made from the Marsanne grape.
A very nice northern Rhone white, perhaps a bit lighter in style, but in a good way. It is a blend of 95% Marsanne, and 5% Roussanne. Light yellow/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with vanilla, peach, pears and spice. Medium bodied. Crisp acidity. On the palate, tangerine with slight lemon peel and the oak/spice continues thru to the finish. A bit of grapefruit on the finish as well. This is very nice on its own but even better with food. It went well with a vegetarian cassoulet. Drink over the next three to five years.
White Rhone wines can be so finicky, so when a friend opened this for his birthday, it was nice to see this was firing on all cylinders. Earlier in the day while reading a book about the White House and Wine, it mentioned that Thomas Jefferson referred to White Hermitage as France's greatest white wine, and this bottle gave that some credence. These wines are so unique when on that they are not for everyone. It doesn't seem fair to group with Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc as they drink more like a red in that they are not crisp or refreshing or tart. This one is golden in color, clear a
White Rhone wines are such a tricky thing to age. This should have been great but alas, it wasn't. It seemed dead on opening but eventually showed a bit of life, but not what one hopes for. Deep gold in color. The nose initially offers some cider notes but with air, some wax, almonds and maybe fresh apples. Full bodied. On the palate, not much at first but with some air, a bit of citrus and slight minerals. Followed over tow hours or so, it just never really showed up. It probably would pay to open early, let it breathe and if necessary, give it a decant. If it opens up, re-cork un
This is a Marsanne/Roussanne blend from the northern Rhone were less than 10% of production is in white grapes. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is all about minerality with a slight waxy/apple note as well. Medium bodied.
White Rhone wines are certainly unique and this one, at age 30, is no exception. I quite enjoyed it for what it offered. Golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is interesting with pears, Crème Brûlée, honey countered by a bit of oxidation and minerality. Full bodied and quite rich. On the palate, it has a deep complexity. Some fruit; baked pears with layers of minerals and some oxidized apples (not in a bad way). Long finish. This was served with a Gazpacho and it worked well enough for a difficult pairing. It seems like it will be at this level for a while longer, but it shou