Chave Hermitage Blanc 1999
Jean Louis Chave is one of our favourite producers in the Rhone Valley and we always like putting his wine on tasting. But its not everyday we get to taste his white wine. Only 1/4 of his Hermitage vineyards are planted with white grapes—Marsanne and Rousanne. The wine is aged for up to 2 years in old oak barrels before bottling.
Robert Parker: "The 1999 Hermitage blanc is a glorious effort. It is a 1,000-case blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne, all from Les Rocoules, Maison Blanche, l'Ermite, and Peleat. It is an oily, unctuously-textured wine with low acidity, fabulous, concentrated, honeysuckle, citrus, liquid mineral, and acacia flower-like flavors. The finish lasts for nearly 45 seconds. It will be gorgeous young, but evolve for two decades or more." 94 points