Cave de Tain Grand Classique Hermitage Blanc 2015

White

France

Northern Rhône Valley

Description

The Cave de Tain is among the world’s very greatest wine producers, a giant of the Northern Rhone with over 50 acres in Hermitage, a stunning, state-of-the-art winery (10 million Euros invested over the past five years) and a brilliant team of winegrowers.

Besides Hermitage, they produce most of the region’s IGP (previously Vin de Pays) and half of all Crozes Hermitage (but bottling only a third of that under their own top label), as well as St Joseph, Cornas and St. Peray.

Tasting Notes: Offers ripe yellow fruit and pear aromas on the nose, with hints of white flowers, menthol and hazelnuts. The palate is rich but exceptionally well-balanced by a lively acidity, with a light, underlying minerality and long, lingering finish.

Serve With: Excellent with blue cheeses and a wide range of flavorful poultry and seafood dishes (especially lobster preparations, scallops with lemon butter, chicken with morel mushrooms and cream sauce, and more).

Additional information

Country

Region

Appellation

Hermitage AOP

Variety

Vintage

Wine Type

UPC

097871015004

Case Code

20097871015008

Vineyards

Sustainably-grown (certified Group ICV). Nearly 2500 acres under vine, with more 2200 acres in appellation (AOP) vineyards (Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Saint Joseph, Cornas, Saint Péray) and the balance in IPG Collines Rhodaniennes. Appellation vineyards include 71.6 acres in Hermitage (of which the Cave de Tain directly owns 54.3 acres).

Composition

100% Marsanne

Viticulture

Vines average 50+ years in age. From well-exposed, south-facing parcels that offer protection from the vent du nord. Grown on alluvial terraces and loess. Yields of just over 2 tons/acre.

Winemaking

Cold-clarified for 24-48 hours. Partial barrel fermentation, the balance fermented in stainless steel tank for freshness. Matured 8 months on the fine lees in 400 L French oak barrels (with regular batonnage).

Alcohol

13.5%

Accolades

93 pts, “Shows excellent depth, range and cut.” – The Wine Spectator, 2/28/17 (2015).

Vegan

Farming Practices

HPS SKU

TAIN061215

 

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