Paul Jaboulet Ainé

Paul Jaboulet Ainé Hermitage Chevalier de Sterimberg 2015

R1,195

A fabulous white Northern Rhone delivery tension, energy and richness impeccably balanced, delivering beautifully for the years to come.

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Curated Selection

Top Rated, Organic & Biodynamic, Women in Wine

Grape Variety

Other Varietals, Rhone Blend

Producer

Paul Jaboulet Ainé

Product Type

White Wine

Vintage

2015

Wine Occasion

Formal Entertainment, Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Rhone Valley

Critics Top Rating

93 points

Story

Story

The Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné was created in 1834 through the magical conjunction of a fertile land on a hillside by the Rhone and a family with a passion for winemaking.

Famed through the Hermitage La Chapelle, over the years the Domaines Paul Jaboulet Aîné took ownership of the finest appellations of the northern Rhone Valley, applying organic and biodynamic principles since taken over by the Frey family, ensuring a legacy in both vineyards and incredible wines.

A legendary cru… Over centuries, this mythical cru has built its reputation on a single hill, and an epic history. In the beginning, the hill was home to a hermitage founded by Henri Gaspard de Sterimberg in 1224. This knight, returning from the Albigensian Crusade, and weary of bloodshed, asked permission to Blanche of Castille to take refuge from the world on the summit of this granite hill. Soon joined by others, the community began to plant vines… A charming tale, but one that overlooks the fact that the Hermitage owes only its name to the hermit: the vineyard has existed since ancient times with the famous wines of Vienne.

Specifications

Specifications

Soil – Our Roussanne and Marsanne grapes are grown in clay-chalk and sandy, pebble soils on steep slopes, producing complex and elegant white Hermitage wines.

Blend – 70% Marsanne, 30% Roussanne.

Age of the vines – 35 years

Vinification – The grapes are harvested by hand into small, 15kg crates, then pressed straight away to minimize any risk of oxidation. The wines are then vinified traditionally in oak and stainless-steel tanks.

Ageing – Following alcoholic fermentation in oak casks and concrete egg-shaped tanks, the lees are being brought back into suspension by stirring over the 8 to 10 months ageing process, providing the wine with elegant and complex aromas.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

The 2015 Hermitage Blanc Le Chevalier de Sterimberg is another medium-bodied, pure, energetic white that offers fabulous minerality, crisp white peach and a touch of hazelnut on the finish. I’d love to see more depth and richness here, but it’s impeccably balanced and there’s no denying this beauty has class. Drink it anytime over the coming decade or more.

Food Pairing – Navarin of Lobster with young vegetables, Roast kid with honey and confied pears, scallops with leak fondue

Serving Temperature – 12 to 14C. Best enjoyed within 6 to 25 years

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

The Wine Advocate – Jeb Dunnuck – 93 points
The 2015 Hermitage Blanc Le Chevalier de Sterimberg is another medium-bodied, pure, energetic white that offers fabulous minerality, crisp white peach and a touch of hazelnut on the finish. I’d love to see more depth and richness here, but it’s impeccably balanced and there’s no denying this beauty has class. Drink it anytime over the coming decade or more.

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