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Paul Jaboulet Aîné Le Chevalier de Sterimberg Blanc

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