Racy, very racy. Alongside the ripe stone fruit and mirabelle flavours, there is a burst of citrus peel, salt and mineral freshness. Stylish, powerful and unusually elegant and restrained for a white Hermitage. Stunning. Fermented in two demi-muid barrels, this is a glorious 100% Marsanne from a parcel in the clay limestone Maison Blanche vineyard planted in 1944.
The continuing elevation of this Domaine into the lofty heights of Hermitage greatness is testament to the hard work of the tall, spindly owner Florent Viale. He gives his wines a prolonged maturation of a year and a half which he believes removes the need for filtration and prefers using oak tonneaux for this process rather than the smaller 225 litre barriques so as not to dampen terroir and fruit. As a result, both the Cuvée Gaby and Hermitage are powerful and wholesome but not without a touch of class. The latter wine comes from several parcels on the hill of Hermitages including Les Bessards. The grapes are destalked and Florent never uses more than 20% new oak. The wines are therefore a surprisingly elegant example of Hermitages.