2003 Paul Jaboulet Ainé "Chevalier de Sterimberg" Hermitage Blanc

SKU #1022193 95 points Wine Spectator

 Gorgeous aromas of mango, papaya and coconut, with a lush, creamy palate loaded with tropical fruit, macadamia nut, floral and mineral flavors. Long and powerful, but precise from start to finish. Hard to lay off now, but should be dreamy when mature.  (2/2006)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The compelling 2003 Hermitage Chevalier de Sterimberg is a blend of two-thirds Roussanne and one-third Marsanne, it tastes like a blend of liqueur of rocks, licorice, honeysuckle, and waxy orange marmalade. Given this cuveeā€™s low acidity, it is hard to know how it will age, but I would not be surprised to see it last for 20 or more years. (RP)  (2/2006)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (two-thirds Marsanne and one-third Roussanne) Very pale color. Superripe aromas of exotic fruits, orange peel and menthol. Big, rich and exotic, but kept fresh by sound acids and vibrant notes of orange peel and minerals. This has lovely fruit and cut for this heatwave vintage. Finishes with excellent length. Drink this young, or forget it for ten years. (ST)  (1/2005)

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