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2016 Hermitage Blanc “La Pierrelle”

Barruol / Lynch

The first time I tasted the Barruol/Lynch Hermitage Blanc was several years ago with the KLWM staff after work one night. It was love at first sip—and heartbreak by the last, since we had sold out of our shipment. I’m always happy to revisit this wine and marvel at the impressively delicate profile, yet towering potential for growth. It’s classic Hermitage Marsanne, with lychee, nectarine, white flowers, and a focused minerality that provides a solid backbone. It’s so pretty! One sip of this and you’ll be clearing out space in the cellar for a few cases.

Will Meinberg

$80.00
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Marsanne
Appellation: Hermitage
Country: France
Region: Northern Rhône
Producer: Barruol Lynch - Northern Rhône
Winemaker: Louis Barruol
Vineyard: 80 years
Soil: Granite
Aging: Pressed and fermented in Burgundian barrels
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13%

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About Northern Rhône

map of Northern Rhône

On the wines of the northern Rhône, Kermit wrote in Adventures on the Wine Route, “The best combine a reminder of the sunny Mediterranean with the more self-conscious, intellectual appeal of the great Burgundies farther north, which is not a bad combination.” Like the wines of Provence, Burgundy, and Beaujolais, Kermit was introduced to this region by Richard Olney, an American ex-pat and friend of Alice Waters.

Though technically part of the same region as the southern Rhône and connected by the Rhône River, much differentiates the north from the south. The climate is continental and in general cooler than that Mediterranean climate of the south. The appellations are significantly smaller: Cornas has less than 300 acres planted to vine and Hermitage around 345. The area planted is minute when compared to Gigondas (3,000+ acres) and Châteauneuf-du-Pape (nearly 8,000 acres). Many of the great wines come from steep hillside vines—terraced during Roman times. It was clear to the Romans that great wine could be made here and DNA evidence now shows that Syrah is in fact indigenous to the Rhône.

The terroir is predominantly granite and lastly, blends of the wines are mostly single grape varieties. Only four grape varieties are permitted in AOC blends: Syrah, Viogner, Marsanne, and Roussanne (as compared to the 19 permitted varieties allowed in Châteauneuf). The red wines are nearly all Syrah and Condrieu and Château Grillet must be 100% Viogner. The whites of Hermitage, Saint Joseph, Saint Péray, and Crozes-Hermitages may only be blends of Marsanne and Roussanne.

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2017 Saint Joseph Blanc

Lionel Faury  France  |  Northern Rhône  |  Saint Joseph

$35.00

2017 Côte Rôtie “Les Roses”

Barruol Lynch  France  |  Northern Rhône  |  Côte Rôtie

$88.00

2017 Condrieu

Lionel Faury  France  |  Northern Rhône  |  Condrieu

$59.00

2016 Saint-Joseph “Les Grisières”

André Perret  France  |  Northern Rhône  |  Saint-Joseph

$55.00

2012 Côte Rôtie “La Boisselée”

Barruol / Lynch  France  |  Northern Rhône  |  Côte Rôtie

$79.00

2017 Condrieu “Chéry”

André Perret  France  |  Northern Rhône  |  Condrieu

$95.00

2017 Saint Joseph Rouge

Lionel Faury  France  |  Northern Rhône  |  Saint-Joseph

$35.00

2017 Crozes Hermitage “Tiercerolles”

Barruol / Lynch  France  |  Northern Rhône  |  Crozes Hermitage

$36.00

2016 Condrieu “Clos Chanson”

André Perret  France  |  Northern Rhône  |  Condrieu

$92.00

2017 Hermitage Blanc “La Pierrelle”

Barruol / Lynch  France  |  Northern Rhône  |  Hermitage

$92.00

2017 Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah “l’Art Zélé”

Lionel Faury  France  |  Northern Rhône  |  Collines Rhodaniennes

$35.00

2017 Hermitage Rouge “La Pierrelle”

Barruol / Lynch  France  |  Northern Rhône  |  Hermitage

$92.00

Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

Inspiring Thirst, page 236

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