Paul Jaboulet Ainé

Paul Jaboulet Ainé Hermitage Chevalier de Sterimberg 2017

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

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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

2017

Wine Occasion

Formal Entertainment, Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Rhone Valley

Critics Top Rating

97 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

Subtle notes of crushed stone and pencil shavings frame honey, pineapple and baking spices, all wrapped around a tensile core of tangerine and lime. In a year when no La Chapelle Blanc is being made, this is the top white Hermitage from Jaboulet, and it’s a beauty, with a silky texture and a long, mouthwatering finish.

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 –  94-97 points

Jaboulet’s 2017 Hermitage Blanc Le Chevalier de Sterimberg is approximately two-thirds Marsanne and one-third Roussanne. Subtle notes of crushed stone and pencil shavings frame honey, pineapple and baking spices, all wrapped around a tensile core of tangerine and lime. In a year when no La Chapelle Blanc is being made, this is the top white Hermitage from Jaboulet, and it’s a beauty, with a silky texture and a long, mouthwatering finish.

The charming Caroline Frey was all smiles during my visit to the Jaboulet tasting room on the main square in Tain l’Hermitage. Her Burgundy vintage was complete and very promising. And even though severe hail damage at Château La Lagune in Bordeaux resulted in no grapes being harvested there this year, it meant she could focus all her energy on the 2018s in the Rhône. We started off with the 2016s. “Hopefully, we will still have years like this,” she said. “It’s a vintage with more length. I like it!” There’s no doubt the 2016s are successful here, but in many instances the 2017s look even better. “I’m always a little afraid of hot vintages,” she said. “But I find a balance in this one.” The proof is in the pudding: Some of the 2017s are the best I’ve ever tasted at this address.


James Suckling – 93-94 points

11 Jul, 2018 – A composed and refined Hermitage with fresh, pear and apple aromas, as well as pastry-like, savory complexity. Plenty of interest here. The palate has a bright, tangy core of acidity and a nice, fine presence of cool apples, pears and white melon. Light, pastry notes to close. From organically grown grapes. Barrel sample.

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