Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2014
Jean-Louis Chave is one of the finest ‘vignerons’ in France producing some astonishing white and red Hermitages.
‘Anyone who loves Hermitage and has a cold cellar should be lining up to get a few bottles of this beauty.’ – Robert Parker
Jean-Louis Chave and his father believe that the rich variety of terroirs to be found on the hill are vital in blending a wine which has all of the features they desire, including finesse, structure and complexity.
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Wine Spectator – "Acacia, orange blossom, white peach and fresh ginger notes lead the way, followed by waves of honeysuckle, Jonagold apple, chamomile and lightly toasted macadamia nut flavors. The finish combines weight, purity, fruit and minerality as a quinine accent echoes. Best from 2018 through 2035."
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – Chave's Hermitage Blanc had just been bottled prior to my visit. Always 80% to 85% Marsanne and the rest Roussanne, from the lieux-dits of Rocoules, Peleat, L'Hermite and Maison Blanche, it's raised primarily in barrels with a small percentage new. Loaded with notions of buttered citrus, white currants, liquid rock, white flowers and hints of honeysuckle, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, beautiful freshness and purity, and a focused, clean, elegant profile that keeps you coming back to the glass. It lacks the sheer wealth of material found in blockbuster years like 2009 and 2003, yet is perfectly balanced, has loads of richness and a great finish. Give it a year or two and enjoy bottles over the following two decades.
In a mixed or straight case: $427.49
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