Popped, poured, and blinded this wine. It didn't take long for the notes to lead me towards Hermitage (so intense!), but I didn't think it was Chave's because it was lacking the meaty notes that I associate with his wines. I am, however, not an authority on Chave - I can count the number of times I've drank his Hermitage with my hands. Regardless, the 2014 Hermitage was certainly impressive and my WOTN. Full-bodied, dark fruits, quite ripe, but in no way jammy, spice - anise, juniper, and bay leaf, licorice, deep minerals, sexy supple texture. As the night progressed - seriously stony, air has brought out the meatiness (bacon), along with some gamey and musky tones. The fruit adamantly refuses to subside on the palate. A real masterpiece, especially for the vintage.
Here's another case of infanticide on my end, but at least in the name of research, I can attest to the excellence of this wine. Personally, though, I was missing some floral and crushed pepper characters which I love in Syrah. Just nit-picking. — a month ago
Lovely, racy Marsanne. Intense dried flower and herb character with tarragon and sage leading the way. Pithy citrus and anjou pear grip the mid palate and lead into a bitter nuance on the finish that recalls chamomile tea. Very complex and intense at a modest price point. Another winner from US importer Hand Picked Selections. — 21 days ago
I am enamored by the J-L Have from 2015. Already quite developed following a two hour decant, this shows gorgeous honeysuckle, lychee and exotic fruit aromas that all come together seamlessly. The texture to this wine borders ethereal as copious tree bergamot, beeswax and citrus fruit flavors connect in the glass, with a silky smooth mouthfeel throughout. The near minute-long finish completes this stunner. Drink 2019-2035- 96 — a day ago
@delectable hermitage Nose has elegant tropical almost tropical flowers. Elegant tropical fruits. Big mineral and acidity. Creamy. Great texture. Bought from fass selections. — 3 days ago
Taken from what was generally a tough vintage in the Northern Rhone, the 1997 ‘La Chapelle’ Hermitage is a striking rendition at more than twenty years of age. Bulls blood, iodine, red cherry puree and crushed mint flavors provide some serious refinement. Silky throughout, this will continue to evolve over the next five to ten years — but is marvelous right now. Drink 2019-2025- 93 — a day ago
Rich red fruit, tart cherries, sour plum. Beautiful tannins. Excellent wine — 6 days ago