2011 Paul Jaboulet Aîné "Incognito H" Côtes du Rhône Blanc (Previously $50)

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The exact sources of this wine are incognito, but as they come from the acclaimed Paul Jaboulet Aîné team, it's unsurprising that the offer a lot of value for the money. The H stands for Hermitage, and the blend here is traditional for the region--Marsanne and Roussanne. Mineral scents, white fruit, nice weight and good length. 13% abv.-

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By: Mulan Chan-Randel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/15/2013  | Send Email
One of the best-kept secrets from the Northern Rhone has to be Paul Jaboulet's Incognito Cotes-du Rhones. Although the wines only carry a humble Cotes-du-Rhone designation, the secret here lies in the "H". Folks, Hermitage to let the cat out of the bag, and at a significantly more attractive and user friendly price tag than one might normally come to expect. The 2011 "H" is an example of Hermitage Blanc that is drinking beautifully now, and with all of the requisite characteristics that one expects to find in a wine of such pedigree. Yellow stonefruit, along with nuances of ginger and white tea come to mind. Medium-bodied and rich, without being overbearing is this wine's hallmark style, making it a great Marsanne-based Rhone to enjoy with a variety of dishes. Baked chicken in a lemon cream sauce, gruyere and sharp cheddar macaroni & cheese or roasted pork loin and apricots!
Drink from 2013 to 2021

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Varietal:

Marsanne

- If you've ever enjoyed the white wines of France's Rhône Valley, then you've probably inhaled the intoxicating honeysuckle and almond perfume of Marsanne. Most often blended with Roussanne and, increasingly, Viognier, Marsanne adds body and perfume to the wines of St-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage and St-Péray. It also planted in small amounts in Australia and the United States, where California's Rhône Rangers have embraced it. Aliases include Ermitage, Hermitage Blanc, Marsana and Grosse Roussette.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Hermitage/Crozes-Hermitage

Alcohol Content (%): 13