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Crozes-Hermitage Blanc

Crozes-Hermitage can be considered the gateway to the red and white wines of the Northern Rhône Valley: Crozes displays the unique, signature style of the sites and grapes of the Northern Rhône in an approachable, appealing and great value fashion.  
Whites make up a small percentage of production in the Rhône, under 2%, but white wines are a little bit of a secret specialty at Guigal and today comprise over 20% of their production.  And for good reason, as the whites of the Northern Rhône are true discovery wines, immensely appealing and complex.  They specifically display an expresiveness and brightness while also capturing the warmth of the area.  Explosive and exotic floral and fruit aromas and flavors meld with intense mineral notes, and the silky, powerful concentration of flavors has an appealing roundness that finishes remarkably fresh. 
It's important to note that most of Crozes-Hermitage is produced from the plains to the south and east of Hermitage, and these wines tend to be straightforward.  Guigal's approach is to make a more serious Crozes that while maintaining its approachability, has vigor, intensity and depth.  In Guigal's hands, Crozes becomes a wine that delivers quality and pleasure far beyond its price.  
Guigal first produced a Crozes-Hermitage in 2000 after the acquisition of low-yielding, hillside vineyards.  Since then they have continued to purchase similar quality vineyards, exclusively on hillsides, on soils that tend to limestone, clay silt and sandy gravel, with vine age averaging 25 years. 

 

   
Crozes-Hermitage Blanc bottle