Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage
A grippy, mouthwatering style offering solid, briary tannins inlaid with finely beaded acidity, all of which melds into the core of anise, blackberry paste and fig sauce favors. Shows terrific energy on the singed apple wood finish.
International Wine Cellar(2004 Vintage) Rating: 95-96 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 130, January/February 2007 ((tasted from tanks, awaiting final blending. #1) Explosively floral, with remarkable purity and a strong licorice tone. #2: Spicier sample, with strong cherry pit and graphite on the palate and a bright, zesty quality. #3: Solid and chewy, with strong bitter cherry, dark chocolate and tobacco qualities ("this batch gives the wine its skeleton"). #4 (all Peleat): Incredibly sweet and ...
Robert Parker(2004 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 170
Wine Spectator(1999 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/03
International Wine Cellar(2001 Vintage) Rating: 94(+?) - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 118, January/Feburary 2005 Good bright medium ruby. Subtly complex, granitic nose melds cassis, blueberry, smoky gunflint, pepper, tar, bitter chocolate, roast coffee, leather, game and animal fur. Wonderfully juicy but currently rather folded in on itself. But this has brilliant acidity, precision and penetration on the palate. Almost painfully intense and wonderfully long and gripping on the back. Very firm ...
Robert Parker(2001 Vintage) Rating: 91-95 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 147