Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1998
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Wine SpectatorDeep and intense, it powers its way through the palate, delivering bursts of fruit and earth. Silky and full-bodied, with distinctive personality, this ripe, thick and well-made white has earthy, smoky, bread dough and beeswax complexity. Best from 2004 through 2014. 1,080 cases made.
Wine AdvocateA retasting of the 1998 Hermitage blanc confirmed its brilliant quality. It is an elegant, floral-scented, structured white Hermitage. It boasts fabulous concentration, but is less flattering and precocious than either the 1999 or 2000. If the latter two wines lean toward a flamboyant style, the 1998 should prove to be one of the more muscular, long lived, backward efforts requiring patience.
International Wine CellarCandied yet still precise aromas of quince, orange peel and lemon. Rich, fruit-driven and fresh, with a lovely glyceral texture and a suggestion of honey. Great subtlety here. I'd never have guessed the wine had alcohol near 14%. This will almost certainly merit a higher score once it has recovered from the bottling.