Jaboulet Chevalier Sterimberg Hermitage Blanc 2007
Rhone White Blends from Rhone, France
Rousanne 35% Marsanne 65% Paul Jaboulet Ainé owns 5 hectares of white Hermitage spread over different climates: Rocoule, Maison Blanche and La Croix, the soils are composed of fluvial alluvium and clay. Cleaned after pressing, the wine is then vinified and aged in new oak casks during 4 to 6 months.
Clear, straw gold color with green hints. Rich and complex, its aromas of apricot, Viennese pastries and violets blend into a remarkably powerful, lightly oaked bouquet. Lively and fresh at first, developing an elegant sensation of fullness, upheld by an agreeably light structure.
Wine Spectator - "Captivating, with star fruit, anise, Jonagold apple, chamomile and heather honey aromas and flavors that rush along a creamy but detailed and focused frame. The long, finely tuned finish has fine buried minerality. Marsanne and Roussanne. Drink now through 2014. 941 cases made."
International Wine Cellar - "Light gold. Intensely floral bouquet of honeysuckle, magnolia, papaya, dried peach, smoked meat and minerals. Round and fleshy on entry but firmer-edged in the middle, showing vivid pit and exotic fruit character and a stony undercurrent. Smoothly blends richness and sappy energy, finishing with excellent lift and cut. A sweet note of yellow plum lingers seductively."
Wine & Spirits - "A blend of 65% marsanne and 35% rousanne grown at the top of the Hermitage hill, this has the richness of marzipan. It's very ripe, redolent of honey and pineapple, a generous companion for scallops in brown butter."
The Wine Advocate - "Another big wine is the rich 2007 Hermitage Chevalier de Sterimberg blanc, which offers a honeyed richness, tropical fruit, marmalade, quince, and white currant characteristics. Medium to full-bodied and long, it should evolve for 10-15 years. "
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Paul Jaboulet and Aine Winery
Paul Jaboulet Aîné has been a trend-setting grower and shipper in the Rhône since 1834. The Jaboulet company was founded by Antoine Jaboulet, and his twin sons, Paul and Henri continued to expand the family business. The elder son ("aîné" in French), Paul, established the company in its present form and gave it his own name. Since then, the company has been run by successive generations of sons from that side of the Jaboulet family.
The House of Paul Jaboulet Aîné is one of the Rhône’s most recognizable wineries. The reputation of Jaboulet wines rests on the quality of the well-situated and well-tended vineyards, on low yields, careful vinification, and diligent aging in oak casks. The Jaboulet family prefers carefully integrated oak aging, in which the influence of wood is never allowed to become excessive. Since this is an important point, they have their own cooper who makes and maintains their stock of barrels.
Jaboulet wines symbolize robustness and elegance, essential qualities of great wines. Their crown jewel is their Hermitage "La Chapelle" which Clive Coates states "is one of the great red wines of the world." Thomas Matthews of Wine Spectator has singled out Jaboulet as a producer which "offers reliable wines across the entire range of appellations (in the northern and southern Rhône)." View all Paul Jaboulet and Aine Wines
About Other RhôneView a map of Other Rhône wineries Other appellations of the Rhône include: in the North – St-Péray, Chateau Grillet; in the South – Lirac, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Tricastin, Rasteau
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.