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.
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
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
Nice to try this on its own (not compared to its big brother). Very crisp and refreshing. What it might lack in depth it makes up for in energy. Medium golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has slight wax, peach, and slight white flower notes. Medium to full bodied. Lovely acidity. On the palate, ginger, tangerine and peach with some minerality. Nice finish. This will drink well over the next ten to twelve years. It worked very well with vegetarian spring rolls and chips and guacamole.
This is an excellent wine, but consumed side by side with the regular bottling of the JL L'Hermitage Blanc, it does not have the power or concentration. Medium golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has slight wax, peach, vanilla and slight white flower notes. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, ginger, citrus with some minerality. Nice finish. This is not yet at peak and should have ten to twelve years left. A nice match with hearty fish or non-meat pasta dishes.
White Rhone's can be tricky to time as they age, but this was firing on all cylinders. Medium golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is great with wax, ginger, orange peel and floral notes. Full bodied. On the palate, this is deep and complex. the ginger and orange peel carries thru but its the minerality that really stands out. Enough acidity but not a lot. Long finish. Delicious wine that keeps improving with air. It demands attention. This drinks well on its own and will work well with spicy foods. Still youthful, this should last another twenty five years with no problem
Purchased off a store shelf, pop and pour. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, charcoal, a slight floral note and with air some roasted meats. On the palate, this is leaner bodied. Slight tannins. Black raspberry fruit with some earthiness. The wine is drinking well already and doesn't seem like it will get much better. It is very good right now though. It will work great with stews and casseroles. Drink over the next five to seven years.
Beautiful showing for this thirty-one year old wine. While I don't think it will get better, it still has plenty of life left. Garnet in color, clear and bright. The nose is earthy with cherries, slight funk and a bit of dried fruits. On the palate, layers of black raspberry fruit, earth and slight funk. Deep and complex. Enough youth and acidity to keep things interesting. This is at peak. It will work better with food at this point. Roasted meats and vegetables, stews but also Indian food would be great. Should easily last another ten years if well stored.