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.
Crozes Hermitage is the biggest appellation of the northern Rhône with over 1300 hectares. It spreads over 11 localities in the Drôme on the left bank of the Rhône River. The villages of Mecurol and Chanos Curson are renowned for the production of Crozes Hermitage Blanc.
The grapes come from different sites. In the north, granite slopes from “Les Pends” (with limestone on the surface) and in the south, stony soils on the locality of Chanos Curson. Winemaker nicolas Jaboulet said ‘we aim to keep the finesse and minerality with the vines from Les Pend, and at the same time, length and body thanks to the vines from Chanos Curson‘.
After a ‘powerful‘ vintage in 2009 and a very balanced vintage in 2010, 2011 offered plenty of fruit, freshness and body. Following a hot Spring and early flowering, Summer was relatively cold and wet and made the maturation process slow down. During the month of September, the sun dominated most of the time and the maturity was progressive. Thanks to its slow ripening cycle, the Croze Hermitage white has reached a lovely minerality paired with fantastic aromatic precision and a rare elegance. 2011 was an exceptional vintage for this part of the Rhône.
The bunches are pressed and the juices left to settle. Fermentation takes place in the barrels (2 and 3 years old) at a low temperature. Ageing on the lees in the barrels to feed the wine and give it body during five to six months.
This wine has a beautiful pale straw colour. The nose is very attractive on notes of citrus and roasted hazelnuts. The mouth is balanced crisp and fresh.
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