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Thursday, 3 September 2020

Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage Le Chevalier De Stérimberg White, 2005

An unusual white Rhône - with 15 years' aging

Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage Le Chevalier De Stérimberg White, 2005

The northern Rhône's Hermitage is Syrah's spiritual home and produces almost entirely red wines; a small amount, up to 15%, of white grapes are allowed in the blend and, very occasionally, they are made into white wines in their own right.

This rich, savoury Marsanne-Roussanne would not be out of place in a line-up of white Burgundies.

Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage Le Chevalier De Stérimberg White, 2005, Chateauneuf du Pape golden topaz with  honeysuckle and acacia, spice and citrus; savouriness with tangerine oil, pineapple marmalade, zesty lime with quince, apple and pear fruit; minerality and pencil shavings; rich, full and waxy yet fresh.

Very Good.

Match with lighter game, such as guinea fowl or partridge.

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