Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1996

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1996

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wa
93
st
91+
ws
90
Category White Wine
Varietal
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Brand Domaine Jean-Louis Chave
  • wa93

Wine AdvocateThe bottled 1996 Hermitage white is sensational. It is a powerful, heady, alcoholic, deep, chewy, superb white Hermitage offering notes of grilled nuts, sherry fino-like scents, thick, juicy, honeyed citrus, and a touch of peach and roses. Structured and powerful, it should have 10-15 or more years of longevity.

Robert Parker, February 1999
  • st91+

International Wine CellarVery complex nose combines apple, white flowers, honey, spices and a light smoky topnote; higher-toned than Chave's '97 Hermitage Blanc. Supple but tight today, with lively acidity giving the middle palate a very firm edge. Very young today. Extremely subtle on the finish, but not as powerful or persistent as the '97.

Stephen Tanzer, January 1999
  • ws90

Wine SpectatorAn ultrathick, oily white, showing great intensity of fruit, staying clean, balanced, even racy despite the illusion of off-dryness; seduces with honey, kiwi, lime and almond character. Drink now through 2002.

August 31, 1999