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Maison Nicolas Perrin Hermitage Blanc - 2010

AOC Hermitage

     

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

(made from 70% marsanne and 30% roussanne): 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 nish. This powerful, energetic wine should be a long-distance runner.

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.

70% Marsanne, 30% Roussanne from Les Rocoules and Maison Blanches. Pretty tight and inscrutable at this (low) temperature! Lightly minty aftertaste.

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. Drink this big white wine over the next 7-10 years.

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. Drink now through 2016.

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. 92/100. £44.00, Berry Bros. & Rudd (£39.60 by the case).