Hermitage Blanc. Why? Just why? It is often more expensive than its red sibling, whilst not being a conventionally nice drink. It has an awfully unpredictable ageing profile, that makes them almost impossible to know when to open. There is usually bugger all acidity to them, making them seem like a frumpy schoolgirl looking sulky at the dinner table. Why the hell do I keep buying them?
I buy them because, when they shine, they are one of the world’s great white wines. I also buy Hermitage Blanc almost exclusively from Domaine du Colombier. Colombier Hermitage Blanc has the most accessible ageing profile of any of the genre. It is also keenly priced, which helps we struggling wine writers with virtually no income, And, as the note below will show, they are fucking brilliant.