J.L. Chave Hermitage Blanc 2010
Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
"Ripe and unctuous, showing terrific cut, with heather, white peach, green almond, Anjou pear, persimmon and macadamia nut notes, all framed by a toasted brioche hint. Exquisitely detailed throughthe finish, this shows salted butter and chamomile details. Remains refined, focused and pure, despite the obvious power. Best from 2017 through 2030.
"As for the 2010 Hermitage Blanc, it is an exquisite wine with fabulous fruit intensity. Lots of acacia flower, anise, quince, fig and pineapple intermixed with a hint of white peaches emerge from this well-delineated, full-bodied, enormously endowed, complex, dry white Hermitage. This wine lives up to the reputation bestowed on it by President Thomas Jefferson when he said in the 1780s that white Hermitages were France's greatest white wine. The 2010 should drink well for 30-40+ years."
The Wine Advocate
"Light gold. Heady, mineral-accented aromas of poached pear, lemon curd, truffle honey, white flowers and ginger, with a smoky topnote. Broad, palate-staining orchard and pit fruit flavors are braced by juicy acidity and pick up spice and toasted grain nuances with air. Notes of iodine and sweet butter come up on the finish, which goes on and on."
International Wine Cellar
Learn About J.L. Chave
Some experts feel that the greatest maker of Hermitage is the firm of Jean-Louis Chave. The Chave family has been growing grapes at Hermitage since 1481. They have a reputation for making good wine in poor years, and excellent wine in good ones. They use low yeilding vines (average age 60 years) and a late harvest to produce the ripest fruit, and there is virtually no intervention...
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Learn About Hermitage
(EHR-me-tahj) and Crozés-Hermitage (krohz EHR-me-tahj)
The hill of Hermitage is something to be seen. It is a hill (just one hill) of only about 300 acres, with carefully terraced vines in granite based-soil. The soils of the hill are plotted to make sure that the best variety is planted in the best plot of soil, and the wines reflect those decisions. The hill is...
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Learn About Rhone White Blends
White Rhone blends consist of two or more white grapes from its namesake region. This includes Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. Other white grapes may be included in miniscule amounts, but the above four are the principles. In the Rhone, Viognier is typically alone in the Northern Rhone and absent in the Southern Rhone, although, in the north, 20% of the variety...
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