2022 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc, Domaine Mule Blanche, Paul Jaboulet Aîné, Rhône

2022 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc, Domaine Mule Blanche, Paul Jaboulet Aîné, Rhône

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2022 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc, Domaine Mule Blanche, Paul Jaboulet Aîné, Rhône

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Description

The blend is 95% Marsanne and only 5% Roussanne sourced from terraces of roiled pebbles on clay and limestone at around 140m altitude. No malolactic conversion in 2022 makes a delicate nose full of white flowers and peach notes, and a bright palate with apricot and orange flavours. The finish is clean and mineral with a hint of salinity.

Drink 2024 - 2030

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Jancis Robinson MW16.5/20

15,000 bottles produced.

An attractive nose, has a streak of crystalline honeycomb and lime skin. The palate is appealing and has good freshness along with some attractive fruit weight. I like the purity and there is a fresh, energetic, ripe stone-fruit finish.

Drink 2023 - 2029

Alistair Cooper MW, JancisRobinson.com (September 2023)

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Decanter91/100

Rather neutral on the nose currently, but has weight and interest on the palate. Quite powerful, with gentle minerals and a pink grapefruit, bitter nip on the dry finish; a touch of honey lingers. 5% new oak, no malolactic. This is the cuvée that has until now been called La Mule Blanche.

Drink 2023 - 2026

Matt Walls, Decanter (September 2023)

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About this WINE

Jaboulet

Jaboulet

Paul Jaboulet Aîné is an iconic producer in the Rhône Valley. Founded in 1834 by Antoine Jaboulet (father of Paul), it was Paul’s son Louis and grandson Gérard who can be heralded among the great ambassadors for both the region and the négociant. Upon Gérard’s untimely death in 1997, the business began struggling and was sold to the Frey family in 2005.

Caroline Frey, daughter of owner Jean-Jacques Frey, has been at the helm of winemaking here since 2006. She immediately began converting the estate to sustainable farming, achieving organic certification in 2016. In 2022, Jean-Guillaume Prats, of Bordeaux fame, was brought onboard.

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Crozes-Hermitage

Crozes-Hermitage

Crôzes-Hermitage is the largest AC in the Northern Rhône, producing 10 times the volume of Hermitage and over half of the Northern Rhône’s total production.  The appellation was created in 1937 with the single commune of Crozes, which is situated northeast of the hill of Hermitage. Wines are now produced from 11 different communes.

Its vineyards surround the hill of Hermitage on equally hilly terrain where richer soils produce wines that are softer and fruitier, with a more forward style. The Syrah variety is used, but legally Marsanne and Roussanne can be added to the blend (up to 15 percent). In the north, the commune of Gervans is similar to Les Bessards in Hermitage, with granite soil producing tannic reds that need time to evolve.

While in Larnage, in the south, the heavy clay soils give the wine breadth and depth (albeit they can sometimes be flabby), the soils to the east of river on higher ground comprise stony, sandy and clay limestone, making them ideal for the production of white wines.

The best reds are produced on the plateaus of Les Chassis and Les Sept Chenin, which straddles the infamous N7 road to the south of Tain. Here the land is covered with cailloux roulés, which resemble the small pudding stones fond in Châteauneuf.

The wines can vary hugely in quality and style, and the majority of the reds tend to be fairly light. Many of the wines are made by a variation of the macération carbonique technique, bottled no later than one year after the vinification. The best producers, however, use traditional fermentation techniques.

There are small amounts of white wine made from Marsanne and Roussanne, accounting for approximately 10 percent of the appellation. The finest whites are produced from around Mercurol.

Recommended producers: Paul JabouletChapoutierColombier, Ferraton
Best vintages: 2006, 2005, 2004, 1999, 1995, 1990, 1989, 1988,

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Marsanne

Marsanne

Marsanne is the predominant white grape variety grown in the Northern Rhône where it is used to produce white St. Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, and Hermitage. It is a tricky grape to cultivate, being susceptible to diseases and being particularly sensitive to extreme climatic changes - if growing conditions are too cool, then it fails to ripen fully and produces thin, insipid wines, while, if too hot, the resultant wines are blowsy, overblown and out of balance.

In the Northern Rhône it tends to be blended with around 15% Rousanne and produces richly aromatic, nutty wines which age marvellously - the best examples are from Hermitage and particularly from Chapoutier. Increasingly it is being grown in the Southern Rhône and Languedoc Roussillon where it is bottled as a single varietal or blended with Roussanne, Viognier, and sometimes Chardonnay. It is also grown very successfully in Victoria in Australia where some of the world`s oldest Marsanne vines are to be found.

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