The Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Domaine Mule Blanche 2014 is made by Philippe and Vincent Jaboulet from a handful of vines they work in Crozes-Hermitage. While Syrah makes up most of the bottlings, the white wines always hold a lot of interest. A good rule of thumb is if a producer from a predominately red wine region makes a white, try it. Odd are good it’s delightful. This Mule Blanche is a blend of Marsanne and Roussanne grown with exceptional care. The Jaboulet’s have been recognized for their efforts to implement environmentally sound practices, and organic and biodynamic practices are the norm. We reach past the rouge for the blanche.

Tasting note: The Mule Blanche is a blend of 50% Marsanne and 50% Roussanne pulled off of 7 hectares of vines in the heart of Crozes-Hermitage. Ageing takes place in old barrels, concrete eggs and stainless steel before being bottles. Aromas and flavors of peaches, pears, pineapples, orange juice, sea salt, jasmine and honey. The body and alcohol are an easy medium and the acidity is a tick up. No love handles here and a bit of a silvery, green edge. Lastly the finish is long and there is another ten years of development going for this Mule.

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