Maison Nicolas Perrin Hermitage Blanc - 2012

AOC Hermitage



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.

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.