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Paul Jaboulet Aîné Le Chevalier de Sterimberg Blanc
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Paul Jaboulet Aîné Le Chevalier de Sterimberg Blanc 2014

Hermitage, Northern Rhone, Rhone Valley, FranceThe Hermitage blanc is named after Gaspard de Stérimberg, a knight who settled in Hermitage and built the landmark stone chapel that sits atop the hill. The fruit is farmed biodynamically with a 70/30 mix of marsanne/roussanne coming off four sections of the Hermitage hill where the vines average 60-years old. The sites are as follows: Rocoule (small limestone galets roulés – adds minerality to the wine); Maison Blanche (mostly clay with some of the limestone galets roulés – adds structure); La Croix (fine sand) and Les Murets (classic clay/limestone). The ageing occurs in 55 percent French oak (5 percent new) as well as 25 percent older demi-muids and 20 percent small concrete eggs. As always, the wine projects power and weight through a fragrant, peachy nose. The palate is a complex mix of nutty, creamy, mineral and citrus with a hint of complexing oxidation. The finish is surprisingly crisp and long.Tasted: 24 April 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 99.00 BCLS Producer: Domaines Paul Jaboulet AînéDistributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Blend: Marsanne - RoussanneCSPC: 449165UPC: 3105715050146