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
Very nice. Green apple with well balanced acidity. — a month ago
Good find for a good price at Trader Joe's. Light flavor but not too bland, doesn't have as much of that mineral flavor that Provence typically has. — a month ago
The aromatics are insane. Floral and fruit jumps from the glass. Blueberry. Honeysuckle. Bright and lovely. The body is substantial and requires food. Thick and rich. Opening took over 45mins. — 2 months ago
Medium yellow. 60/40 Roussane/Marsanne. Fermentation 100% in barrel. Aged in Barriques for 14 months. Ripe citrus and tropical fruits: Meyer lemon, papaya, mango, pineapple, yogurt, yellow flowers, celery, hints of honey and ginger, bergamot oil, marzipan, and crushed stone. Medium acid, 14.5% abv, vanilla toast and baking spices with a creamy and round mouthfeel. Long finish. — 5 months ago
2020 10月 あと1年後
香り良い — 20 days ago
Stable, coffee, smoky, savory, soy sauce, dark chocolate, very ripe, great concentration, Jammie, high acidity, high intensity, long finish, what a joy — a month ago