My contribution for a wine theme of “rosé and non-Chardonnay whites.” I initially thought this would be one of the bigger wines on the table (expecting a bunch of SauvBlancs and light bodied rosés, only for a 2008 SQN The Pontiff to claim that title), and while it eventually fleshed out, it took a while.
This negociant bottling of Chave's Hermitage blanc is made from 100% Marsanne from vine age between 50-60 years. This wine comes mainly from the lieu-dit called Maison Blanche which sits atop the hill of Hermitage.
I decanted this about 2hrs, then put it back in bottle to follow over the next 2-3hrs and it really hit stride towards the end. It poured a deep golden color, as expected. Roasted macadamia nuts and herb crusted yellow fruits on the nose. At first, it was like fine grained bitter honey, banana peel, and melon on the palate and a bit lighter than expected. It gained the traditional waxy component the longer it was open, as well as gained viscosity. The finish rounded out to show a mix of herbs, mineral, along some guava and papaya, and a dose of ginger. I think this is still young, and will be fun to follow over the next few years. — 6 days ago
Decanted only 90 minutes, would have needed at least twice that. Aromas show a meaty side to start with, menthol, moving and getting more complex and aromatic with white pepper, dark fruits violets and herbs. The palate is powerful, full and dense, deep with lots of class, good length and with tannins that are not yet tamed and show a touch of rusticity and youth. A great bottle but a great bottle to be mostly, still needs 4-5 years. 93-94
Carafé 90 minutes seulement, aurait eu besoin du double au moins. Nez animal, viandeux un peu au départ, menthol, qui se complexifie et bonifie avec du poivre blanc, fruits noirs, des herbes et de la violette. Une bouche puissante, beaucoup de profondeur et de classe tout en ayant des tannins encore un peu sauvages et pas tout a fait domptés, belle longueur. Un grand vin, mais surtout un grand vin en devenir, a besoin de 4-5 ans encore au minimum. 93-94 — 18 days ago
Feral smelling but in the reductive way that Syrah can so easily become...if that makes sense. This characteristic softens with air and finds a groove after about 30min. Smells like a deli case with blue and black fruits and purple flowers. On the palate, powerful blue fruits herbs and spices. Big in the structure department too. There’s a whole lot to like here. I would love to revisit this in 10 years. — 3 days ago
Black cherry liquor, candied plum, cool blackberry, lavender pastille, olive caramel, bacon fat, cool herbs, woodsmoke, fine layers of hung meat and forest notes. Fruit is bouyant, juicy and offers immense pleasure while its wild side adds dimension. To me there is a perfect amount of richly layered fruit and palate weight with proper acid balance to cut it all back. Tannins are ripe, yet supportive. — 5 days ago
Either mildly corked or brutally closed aromatically. :-(. So no rating. In the cat is alive universe decant for quite a while.
Nose. Occasionally some lilacs peek out from under the sheets.
Palate : Very elegant. Not super grippy. Crushed flowers. Super sweet raspberries. Black cherries. 9.3-9.5. A kiss of awesome elegant licorice.
Finish is a 9.5. So this would likely be very good. Stream of crushed flowers. Long.
ok. This is closed now. After an hour it opens and is great. Blind a more dense and dark fruited Cote rotie. Not rustic at all.
Bought from fass selections.
— 6 days ago
Wow. The nose on this is beautiful. White flowers. Perfume. Intense but elegant. A 9.7 nose. Crushed seashell.
Palate is elegant tropical fruit. A bit hot at first but it blows off. Good deliciousness but not in your face.
Major crush on this producer. Such elegant wines. This vintage reminds me a bit of Rhône legend Marc Sorrel.
Bought from fass selections. — 3 days ago
It’s a walk in the woods with a bowl of cherries. The nose presents with woods and earth. The palate brings forward subtle fruit notes. This is a complex beauty that paired perfectly with my rustic herb grilled whole chicken. While I’m generally not a huge fan of Syrah, this wine is wonderful. — 3 days ago
Very nice overall but if I’m being honest a bit under expectations. Aromatically brilliant, with dark petal flowers and earth and a bit of sweet dark red fruit. Just before the finish the palate falls apart a bit - just missing that extra gear. Still an excellent pairing with the steak in the background (prime dry aged rib eye from Hudson and Charles). Decanted for 2 hours but not sure it made a huge difference, didn’t change much in the glass. — 6 days ago
This is having a great moment. Smoke, olives, dark berry fruit, blueberry. Huge granite and deep mineral tones. Juicy, so fresh, deep and concentrated with outrageous purity and a long finish. Loads of medium to dark berry fruit and really really long finish and also serious structure. What a showing. This has got 15+ years ahead of it but is fun today. These wines will last a long time. — 8 days ago