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2015 Cave de Tain "Grand Classique" Crozes-Hermitage Blanc (Elsewhere $25) SKU #1486429

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Cave de Tain is no simple cooperative. They are the stewards of some of the best holdings in the Rhone Valley in particular, Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage. The winery was founded in 1933 by Louis Gambert de Loche, himself a holder of about 50 acres on the fabled hillside. Since its inception and a few generations later, the winery works directly with all its growers using sustainable practices in all the vineyards. This Crozes-Hermitage Blanc is 100% Marsanne sustainably farmed from vines averaging 35 years of age.

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  • Adam Winkel
    By: Adam Winkel
    K&L Staff Member
    What a great price on an ample-bodied white that is not to be ignored! The ripe and classic 2015 vintage in the Northern Rhone definitely makes a scenario for some good second-tier terroirs to reach a new level. Any wood on this is now nicely integrated and the wine would be in its wheelhouse paired with some at least semi-rich food. The poached pear and verbena on the textured mid-palate transition to a dry and mineral-driven finish with suggestions of cool herbs like lavender and tarragon.
    Top Value!
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    Here is a great deal for lovers of the Marsanne grape and anyone looking for value in a textured, dry white. This has all the nutty, spiced pear notes you expect from this varietal but a few years of bottle age have added some honeyed notes to the oily textured middle. The finish is still remarkably fresh with a palate cleansing dusting of mineral that adds tension and complexity. This grape is known to age well but this bottle is delicious right now.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    The Cave de Tain is one of France's greatest cooperative ventures. The winery sits at the foot of Hermitage in the village of Tain l'Hermitage. The Cave has worked for generations with local growers to produce some of the best and most affordable wines in the region. We recently stumbled across the 2015 Crozes Hermitage Blanc and were struck by its beautiful evolution. The wine hits the right harmonious notes of grilled peaches, baked apples and marzipan. Made from 100% Marsanne, it has reached that sweet spot where the variety begins telling its story from a new perspective. If you haven't tasted a Marsanne with a little bottle age, this is the perfect intro - and at such and affordable price!


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