Maison Nicolas Perrin Hermitage Blanc - 2010

AOC Hermitage

Un vin caractérisé par l'équilibre parfait entre ses deux cépages : Marsanne et Roussanne. Ce mélange subtil donnera un vin avec une belle signature minérale aux arômes de fruits blancs frais avec une pointe d'agrumes. Particulièrement ample en bouche, il dévoile des notes plus complexes. Un vin délicat, mêlant le gras et l'acidité.


A lush, languid style, with creamed pear, sweetened butter and yellow apple fruit flavors all gliding through the flattering finish, where green almond and chamomile notes help stretch this out even more. Delicious.

The outstanding 2010 Hermitage Blanc (a barrel-aged blend of 70% Marsanne and 30% Roussanne) exhibits copious notes of marzipan, creme brulee, honeysuckle, rose water and fresh fruit along with good minerality as well as acidity.

Il goûte beaucoup mieux que le rouge du même cru, mais lui est en bouteille. Fine amertume, bouche grasse, allonge dynamique, et finale salivante, de l’équilibre.

2010 est doté d'une belle matière mais l'élevage prend aujourd'hui le dessus.

Pretty tight and inscrutable at this (low) temperature! Lightly minty aftertaste.

An expensive wine for sure, but an extremely good - and interesting - one, made by Nicolas Jaboulet of the famous Rhône family in a joint project with the equally famous Perrins. An obvious overlay of oak adds delicious notes of whisky barrel and nuttiness, but it is really quite subtle and does not mask the precise but exotic fruit (70% Marsanne and 30% Roussanne). The palate is very cool and restrained, firm and with good tension, but a burgeoning sense of weight, power and a touch of heat says this is a big but beautiful white wine that will surely age for a decade too.

Light, bright gold. Heady aromas of lemon curd, poached pear, peach and beeswax, with subtle vanilla and smoke nuance building with air. Deeply concentrated but lively, o ering palate-staining pit and orchard fruit avors underscored by smoky minerals. A oral quality emerges with air and carries through a long, sappy and penetrating finish. This powerful, energetic wine should be a long-distance runner.

Terroir-driven wine of interesting length and depth. Suited to many dishes.