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Maison Nicolas Perrin Hermitage Blanc - 2013

AOC Hermitage

     

Avis

A new négociant house from Nicolas Jaboulet together with the Perrins of Château de Beaucastel. Rich, intense fruits inlaid with cinnamon and clove oak. Good weight, richness and fruit purity. Lots of ripe tannins. Fresh, long, mineral finish.

Light gold. Ripe tangerine and poached pear aromas are complicated by smoky minerals and gingery spices. Rich and weighty but energetic as well, offering bitter citrus pith and orchard fruit flavors, a hint of anise and a chewy texture. A floral note builds on the spicy, very persistent finish, which is firmed by a dusty mineral quality.

More rich and layered, the 2012 Hermitage Blanc is something. White currants, apricot, crushed rock and assorted tropical notes all show here, and it builds on the palate with plenty of texture, yet also stays clean and balanced, with integrated acidity and a big finish. Enjoy it over the coming 4-5 years (although I suspect it will last longer). A collaboration between the Perrin Family, of Beaucastel, and Nicolas Jaboulet, of the Jaboulet family in the northern Rhone, this lineup is made mostly from purchased grapes (The Perrin’s own some of the vineyards in Crozes), with the wines made using Beaucastel barrels in the north, and blended at the Perrin Family winery in the south. They are all well-made, high quality efforts.

Is a 70/30 Marsanne and Roussanne blend. It's lush and round, with toasted macadamia nut, brioche and melon flavors that glide wonderfully through the creamy finish. The wine is barrel-fermented (no new oak) and there were just eight barrels made.

Marsanne, Roussanne. Élevage in new and second-use barrels for 10 months. Loess and limestone. Pale gold. Rather simple and floral.