Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

2011 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc

$299.99

Current stock: 5

Wine Spectator: 97 Points 
Still a bit reserved aromatically, with hints of orange blossom and crème anglaise peeking out, this features a captivating display of racy quinine, honeysuckle and white peach flavors inlaid into a rich core of brioche, Cavaillon melon, white truffle, smoked almond and heather honey. Incredibly long. Hard to resist now, but ideal for when your toddler graduates college. Best from 2019 through 2030. (9/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 96 Points 
Just bottled, the 2011 Hermitage Blanc also shows the richer side of Hermitage with its full-bodied, voluptuously textured and up-front profile. Honeysuckle, licorice, toast, citrus oil and liquid mineral-like qualities all emerge from this beauty, and it stays beautifully fresh and focused on the palate. A blend of mostly Marsanne, yet with roughly 20% Roussanne, from the l’Ermite, Les Rocoules, Maison Blanche and Peleat lieux-dits, this substantial white should be consumed over the coming 2-4 years, or forgotten for a decade or more. It will have over two decades of longevity. One of the highlight visits during my time spent working in the Northern Rhone, Jean-Louis Chave (who is often called 'The Pope of Hermitage' by others) makes some of the most profound wines in the world today. (12/2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: 95 Points 
Light yellow. Intense scents of nectarine, pear skin and lemon curd, with complicating floral and mineral notes gaining power with air. Broad and fleshy but tightly focused, offering vibrant orchard and pit fruit flavors and a refreshingly bitter note of citrus pith. Dry and nervy on the penetrating, powerful. sharply focused finish, which leaves sexy honeysuckle and ginger notes behind. I suspect that this wine will age gracefully on its tension and balance. (3/2014)

Jancis Robinson: 18/20 Points
Bottled in September 2013. Lighter than 2012 because it was a rainier vintage, but still quite rich even if nervy too. Sappy and mineral. (12/2013)