Maison Nicolas Perrin brings together the scions of two of the great families of the Rhône, Nicolas Jaboulet, formerly of the eponymous winery in Tain, and the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel...
This joint venture micro-négociant was created in 2009 with the sole aim of producing top quality Northern Rhône wines. Nicolas is able to source the best fruit and wines from growers and producers that he has formed a long standing relationship with, while the Perrin family bring expertise in winemaking and blending, as well as the use of their cellars. The partnership stems from a long standing friendship, a shared love of gastronomy and a philosophy to create wines that represent the best of their appellation.
Marsanne and Roussanne are planted on the high plateau on the localities of Maison Blanche and Roucoules. The soils are composed of loess and limestone which are ideal for white varieties. The balance between the 2 varieties gives the wine a good acidity with great structure.
2010 was a good year for northern Rhône whites. Winter was harsh and cold with frost and snowfall. Spring arrived early and, thanks to a warm April, budburst started in advance, but because of a particulalrly rainy April, growth was slower than expected. Flowering took place as usual end of May beginning of June. July and August were beautiful. Mid-July, temperatures reached a peak during the day but were often followed by showers at night that cooled down the vegetation. The crop was very healthy and the maturity was fairly late. In September the temperatures dropped, the nights were cooler which allowed slow maturation of the grapes. The whites are consequently very aromatic with good acidity.
Both grape varieties were vinified separately. Whole bunches were crushed and went through a long fermentation at low temperatures of 12/15C. The wine was then aged in new oak casks during 10 months which gave it a nice, rounded structure.
This is a very rare wine as production of white Hermitage is very low. It shows a vibrant golden colour, and although it is still relatively young, it is already showing depth and fatness. The nose is complex with aromas of candied fruit and spices. Full bodied on the palate, it has a great length on the finish.
|Winemaker||Marc Perrin & Nicolas Jaboulet|
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