Crozes-Hermitage Blanc 2016

Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet

Terroir: Crozes-Hermitage is the largest vineyard amongst the northern appellations, producing both red and white wines. This Crozes-Hermitage white is made entirely from estate-grown grapes, like all the wines produced by the estate. It is made 100% of the Marsanne grape with vines averaging 30 years old. The soil is composed of alluvial deposit and small pebbles, typical of Crozes Hermitage. The pebbles capture the heat during the day and release it at night, which helps maturation of the grapes.

Vinification: Philippe and Vincent practice a sustainable farming, respecting the nature as much as possible. They received the HEV certification (sustainable certification) which guarantees high level of environmental performance. This certification was created as a contribution to the implementation of the agro-ecological project launched by the French Minister in December 2012. To improve complexity, they lower the yields to 35-40hl/ha, by practicing green harvest and planting vines closer to each other forcing the vines to compete against each other which naturally regulate the yields. The grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed and chilled for 24 to 48 hours in order to preserve the aromas of the fruit and spread out the work in the winery.

Additional Information

Gold color, expressing flavors of white flowers and a great freshness in the mouth. Also shows mineral notes. This wine can age two to five years.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Crozes-Hermitage
  • Winemaker: Vincent Jaboulet
  • Sustainability: Organic Practices, High Environmental Value Certification
  • Soil: Alluvial gravel
  • Avg Vine Age: 30+ years
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Marsanne

Recent Press

  • Score: 94 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Anna Lee C. Iijima
    Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    "Fresh apple, lemon and quince are pure and pristine in this freshly composed 100% Roussanne sourced from loess soils. Despite being fermented and matured in oak (50% new), it's a remarkably precise, focused expression of Hermitage that should gain more depth and nuance with age. Best to hold through 2021—it's a wine that's likely to improve through 2036 at least."
  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Anna Lee
    Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018
    Crushed mineral tones and soft yellow apple and quince flavors persist from nose to finish in this delicately concentrated white. Dry in style with a broad, expansive mouthfeel, it finishes with a subtle lift of lemony acidity. Drink now2021
  • Score: 89 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Joe Czerwinski
    Date: Friday, January 19, 2018
    The 100% Marsanne 2016 Crozes Hermitage Blanc was made mostly in stainless steel but 20% spent time in used oak. It's barely noticeable but there is a toasty component to this medium-bodied wine as a result, along with fresh pear, stone fruit and melon flavors. Some peppery notes and a hint of tannin creep in on the finish.

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