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