Ermitage Blanc, Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet 2010
Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet, Mercurol
Philippe Jaboulet, along with his son Vincent, sold the family business ‘Paul Jaboulet Ainé’ in 2005; however, what is less documented is that they kept hold of most of their prized vineyards, including 15 hectares within the sector best-known to all as ‘Thalabert’. Whilst the name can no longer be used by the Jaboulets, the resulting wine lives on in the guise of ‘Nouvelère’ or ‘new era’. In 2006, the Jaboulets also acquired Domaine Collonge in Crozes Hermitage to create a total estate covering 29.6 hectares. Their superb Ermitage Blanc is sourced from a tiny 0.7ha plot planted solely with old vine Roussanne; whereas their Ermitage Rouge comes from half a hectare of Syrah planted in lieu-dit of Diognères.
This wine gives a brilliant golden yellow color with aromas of flowers, vanilla and grilled almonds. In the mouth, the Roussanne brings elegance along with the richness of the mature grape. It’s a rich wine with a long finish.
Grape: 100% Roussanne