A similar profile of weightless intensity as the Classique blanc, but with an impossible to miss step up in amplitude and complexity both aromatically and in the mouth, this is still an embryonic expression of what will surely evolve tremendously. Guillaume tells me that Marc believes that Hermitage white is even more ageworthy than the red, and that it is infanticide to open a bottle prior to its fifteenth birthday. I have a hard time imagining this being anything but dazzling gorgeous in the full flush of its youth, but I, like so many wine lovers, hardly know aged white Hermitage at all. Livingstone, who knows his sh!t lifetimes more than I, gave this his highest rating of the vintage en blanc. What else can I say? As good as it gets…..A little * awarded here. 5 barrels made (125 cases).
“(used 228-litre cask, malo completed) glowing, full yellow. The nose is broad, prolonged with elegance centre stage; it doesn’t breathe power, has hidden depths, pork grilling airs. Variety will come along, the nose intricate within its splendour. The palate is stylish, presents fluid gras with suave texture, silken above all. It holds a really neat nugget of compote of white fruit gras richness at its centre. The palate is close-knit, tightly woven. It will declare its inner strength gradually, not excessively. There is a touch of late glow. There were five casks this year. Harvested 4 September, 2018. 15.2°. 2043-46 Nov 2018” Five stars, John Livingstone Learmonth
“A blend of 90% Marsanne and 10% Roussanne, Sorrel’s 2018 Hermitage Blanc Les Rocoules is a huge, honeyed, rich effort that should still be drinking well in 25 years. It’s difficult to see the structure under all of the lush melon and pineapple fruit, but it’s there, emerging on the finish to show incredible length and freshness. It’s a true legend in the making.” 96-98 Joe Czerwinski