I have decided to start a short series of posts on the wines of the northern Rhone, a splendid and unique place for growing wine grapes.
Not only is it the home of Syrah, but it also makes great whites, primarily from Marsanne, with some Roussanne also. And that’s not forgetting Viognier, which also has its home here.
I’m going to start off with a cracking white Hermitage. Just under a third of the Hermitage hill is planted with white grapes, and the wines they make are somewhat underrated.
Cave de Tain l’Hermitage Au Coeur des Siecles Hermitage Blanc 2007
A selection from two small plots in Le Meal and La Croix of centenarian Marsanne vines, aged in new 400 litre oak barrels. Richly textured and boldly flavoured with nice mineral, spicy undertones to the broad white peach and pear fruit. Real intensity here. A serious wine with ageing potential. 94/100
Producer website here
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