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Maison Nicolas Perrin Hermitage Blanc - 2009

AOC Hermitage

     

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From the negociant brand started in 2009 by the Perrin Family in partnership with Nicolas Jaboulet, this has the proportions of a Botero nude, curvaceously ripe. It’s oaky with saffron spice that curbs the richness of the fruit; a pleasant bitterness follows the arch of flavors, from yellow peach to full-on pineapple.

This is unusually aromatic for a white Hermitage with perfumed notes of pineapple and melon underscored by hint of graphite. It's a plump on the mid palate and custardy-rich in texture, yet focused and long on the finish. Drink now, or sometime after 2017.

(70% Marsanne and 30% Roussanne): Light yellow-gold. Intensely perfumed aromas of dried pear, peach pit and orange, with notes of anise, honey and jasmine adding complexity. Rich and lively, offering gently chewy orchard and pit fruit flavors lifted by chalky minerality. Closes with firm grip and impressive tenacity, leaving mineral and floral notes behind.

Their adventure should have been called “Jaboulet-Perrin” or “Beaucastel-La Chapelle” but when the family business is sold by one of the partners and bans them to use their patronymic, they came up with “Maison Nicolas Perrin”. This young negociant company is therefore the partnership between two major heirs : Nicolas Jaboulet (ex Director of Maison Paul Jaboulet & Fils) and Marc Perrin (Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf du Pape). In 2008 these two men from the Rhône Valley get together to mature and sell wine. Their mission is to locate quality plots of Syrah, create partnerships with the winegrowers and follow the winemaking process. The wine is barrelled at the winegrowers and then blended and aged in the Perrin cellars near Orange. Marc blends and Nicolas manages the sales and administration. They are very selective and only work with a dozen of barrels (35 000 bottles in 2010). Bring on the next selections !

A marriage between Famille Perrin and Nicolas Jaboulet, this small operation has the luxury of being dedicated simply to the wines. They don’t need to produce large quantities to cover costs, so they think small and focus all of their energy on quality. Isn’t that refreshing? This particular Hermitage Blanc perfectly exemplifies Maison Nicolas Perrin’s dedication to perfection. Elegant and complex, this great white Rhône shows its ability to support both fruit and oak flavors. Dense and rich with creamy texture and ripe peach fruit plus a hint of toasted oak; lush, juicy with amazing depth, elegance and subtle power; an extraordinary and rare wine from a great vintage.