Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2012

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The key to perfect balance in Chave's Hermitage is in their remarkable blending skill, which begins again every season. Many hours of thought, insight, and conversation go into the final component blend for Hermitage. Never once has the Chave family released a single vineyard or cru Hermitage. With the Blanc, the components vary, however the base is made from old vines Marsanne from their Péléat vineyard. Some Roussanne is also added to the final blend.
Category White Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Brand Domaine Jean-Louis Chave
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Wine SpectatorA stunner from the start, showing distinctive depth to the creamed mango, white peach and heather flavors, this maintains superior precision and definition as the singed almond, chamomile, salted butter and ginger notes fill in. Glazed pear, elderflower honey and beeswax details chime in on the extremely long finish. Enjoyable now, but needs serious cellaring to show its full potential. Best from 2016 through 2037. 500 cases made.

James Molesworth, November 15, 2015
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Wine AdvocateMuch more open, fleshy and sexy, the 2012 Hermitage Blanc was just bottled a month prior to this tasting. Coming from l'Ermite, Les Rocoules, Maison Blanche and Peleat lieux-dits, it's always a rough blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne that's aged in barrel. Loaded with notions of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, powered rock, buttered citrus and green almond, it's full-bodied, rich, upfront and fruit loaded. While I think it will be a relatively accessible early in its life, it has the concentration to hold for two decades.

Jeb Dunnuck, December 2014