Château Hermitage Mazeyres

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

J.L. Chave Sélection Hermitage Blanche Marsanne Roussanne 2012

Shay A
9.3

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.
— 14 days ago

Peter, Tom and 41 others liked this

Paul Jaboulet Aîné

Domaine de Thalabert Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2017

Impressively complex for the price. Lilting purple flowers, black cherry, black plum skin, raspberry compote, tarragon and something like fresh sweet mint leaf which I’ve never had from Syrah. Great acid. — 9 days ago

Aravind, Ericsson and 18 others liked this

René-Jean Dard & Francois Ribo

Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2015

Lots of plush blue and black fruit and grippy (but pleasant) tannins. Violet character on the finish. Was hoping for more meat/smoke/pepper but was still delicious. — 3 days ago

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Luyton Michéle

Hermitage White Blend 2016

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.
— 12 days ago

Andrew, Severn and 5 others liked this

Alain Graillot

La Guiraude Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2016

Vibrant red and purple fruit. Some tart cherries mixed with a bit of plum and some fig notes. Fresh on the palate and really shows well when you keep it somewhat on the chilled side. — 18 hours ago

Eric, Shay and 23 others liked this

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Hermitage Syrah 2008

Approachable now. Dark fruit, brambles and a bit of sour cherry. A complex and savory midpalate. Not as hefty as some, but real character. Long. — 20 days ago

Matt Lichtenberg
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Eric, Shay and 11 others liked this

Paul Jaboulet Aîné

La Maison Bleue Hermitage Syrah 2015

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. — 12 days ago

Dawn, Tom and 29 others liked this

M. Chapoutier

Les Varonniers Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2011

What a difference a ...bottle makes: a few months ago I had another bottle of this wine and it was evolved a bit too far. Not this bottle! It needed some air but then reveals a nice nose of mature Syrah. Intense nose of red/black berries and dusty pepper/spice. Palette is fresh and fruity with soft tannins and a bit of zesty bite at the end. Good balance. — 21 hours ago

Jan, Ronald and 6 others liked this

Luyton Michéle

Cuvée Allégresse Hermitage Syrah 2017

Lyle Fass
9.4

Young and juicy. So clean. Lacks a tiny bit of depth but a function of lack of air. More formal notes tomorrow. — 22 days ago

Timmer, Aravind and 8 others liked this

Delas Frères

Domaine des Tourettes Hermitage Syrah 2009

The most exquisite expression of Syrah I have ever tasted — 19 hours ago