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. — 3 days ago
Tasted blind. Deep yellow gold color. Nice fruit forward nose. Notes of citrus, beeswax, some apricots and some macadamia nuts. Rich and dense in the mouth. Good balance with some nice soft structure to support the rich fruit. Great pairing with our appetizers. This is at peak and ready for consumption. Guessed 2000 Chave Blanc. — a month ago
The thing about Monsieur Chave’s wines is the paradox of density, concentration, and same time finesse and elegance. This is a great example. Dark berries, flowers and a fresh tone that makes you want more each sip. Soo good now, but will get better over time. Please decant if you drink before 2025. Enthusiastically recommended. — a month 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 — 16 days ago
Casa com Adi e Jussara Out20 — 15 days ago
Solid CDR for the price — a month ago
Very good CDR. Great dark berry flavor, good finish. Should buy more. Paired great with middle eastern food. — a day ago
My first bottle, but seems to be holding up. A lot of sediment. — 9 days ago
Frenchie. Spicy. Plumb — 15 days ago