Maison Nicolas Perrin Crozes-Hermitage Blanc - 2014

AOC Crozes-Hermitage

The vineyard of Crozes-Hermitage isn’t as old as that of Hermitage. It developed over this century towards the south to the detriment of fruit orchards.


Pale greenish straw colour. Rich marzipan nose – Marsanne surely. Very flattering broad ripe fruit with sufficient freshness on the finish. Not the most concentrated but well balanced.

Smooth, minerally and floral; lush, long and balanced.

One of the best white wines I have tasted this year, redolent of autumn fruit with a distinct minerality on the finish, this is beautifully structured and so rivals the finest Rhône blends from Hermitage or, farther south, Châteauneuf. It’s not cheap, but should age well for a good five or more years, become nuttier with time in bottle.

A creamy, rounded feel lets flavors of melon, peach and yellow apple glide along easily, picking up light heather and macadamia nut hints along the way. Flattering finish.