This hails from the two adjoining parcels in Larnage (La Bouvate and les Rennes), from vines aged some 70+ on average, just three barrels produced in total (75cs). My note for the 2018: This is at once wonderfully rich and intense in concentration and then impossibly light and aérien. To my taste and experience, such obviously classy intensity would outshine many Hermitage wines, at a price that is remarkably fair and affordable. Once again, for those of you wishing to see what great Hermitage blanc is like at prices that would embarrass such competition, this is your stop…..
“60% 1945 Marsanne and replacements, 40% 1945 Roussanne and replacements from La Bouvate et Les Rennes at Larnage, more young Marsanne than Roussanne planted because R fears oïdium, mostly steel vat fermented, then raised 2-3 year 228-litre oak casks 10 months (was 7-8 year oak 12-13 months until 2006), then vat 4-5 months, malo completed, 600-2,000 b” JLL
“gleaming yellow robe; has a fat, rather hearty bouquet, almost opulent, peach with apricot skin, has a comfy depth. The palate is nutty, glycerol laden, so its texture is squeezy, cooked citrus in the flavour. It’s rather complex on the quiet, lengthens with almond and aniseed notes. It’s high interest, way to go Crozes blanc, right out of the loop. There’s Marsanne tang on the close, a wee note of bitter. This has the matter to live, will go well with sauced dishes. 14°. “It’s intense, concentrated,” Marc Sorrel. 2032-35 Nov 2018” 4.5 stars, John Livingstone Learmonth
“Tasted from tank, the 2017 Crozes Hermitage Blanc features a hint of brioche on the nose but also notes of white pepper, melon and pear. It’s full-bodied and rich, yet also zesty and fresh, with a spine of crushed stone that lingers on the finish. It spends a year in oak, then six months in tank prior to bottling.” 91-93 Joe Czerwinski of robertparker.com