Lot 609

(5) 750ml Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc

Donated by Dr. Kevin Waltz and Rhonda Fox Waltz

(1) 750ml 1999 Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc (94pts)

(1) 750ml 2000 Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc (95pts)

(3) 750ml 2004 Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc (95pts)

Tasting Notes

1999 Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 

"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." (WA 94pts)

2000 Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 

"A 1,000-case blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne, the profound 2000 Hermitage blanc boasts a terrific perfume of honeysuckle, white flowers, peaches, citrus, and minerals. Displaying an unctuous texture along with tremendous glycerin, richness, and depth." (WA 95pts)

2004 Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 

"The 2004 Hermitage blanc, which hit 15% natural alcohol, is another superb effort, continuing a succession of totally profound white Hermitages from 2003, 2004, and 2005. As many readers know, this small family producer has been making wine in Hermitage since 1481! The 2004 (about 1000 cases) reveals a light gold color, terrific finesse and elegance in spite of its enormous power, unctuosity, and richness. Of course, it is not as honeyed as the otherworldly 2003 (which hit 16% natural alcohol) but it is an amazingly full-bodied, powerful wine with pervasive honeysuckle, peach liqueur, and nectarine notes intermixed with licorice, quince, and acacia flowers. This is gorgeous wine which should evolve for 20-25 years." (WA 95pts)