Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Blanc 2012

"Much more open, fleshy and sexy, the 2012 Hermitage Blanc was just bottled a month prior to this tasting. Coming from l'Ermite, Les Rocoules, Maison Blanche and Peleat lieux-dits, it's always a rough blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne that's aged in barrel. Loaded with notions of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, powered rock, buttered citrus and green almond, it's full-bodied, rich, upfront and fruit loaded. While I think it will be a relatively accessible early in its life, it has the concentration to hold for two decades." 96/100. Drink 2015-2035.
Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate. - Dec 2014.

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Tasting Notes
The domaine's white Hermitage is usually produced from a blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne that are picked at optimum maturity and vinified in barrel and vat for at least a year, prior to a painstaking assemblage and bottling.
Typically, it has a complex bouquet of acacia flowers, honeysuckle and apricots supported by a palate of white stone fruit, nuts, minerals and glycerine.
It is a great food wine. Classic food accompaniments include frogs legs and snails in garlic, pike boudin and ris de veau.
There is much debate about the optimum bottle-age for drinking white Hermitage but the informed consensus is that it is best drunk on its youthful fruit, within 5 years of release or properly cellared for a decade or more to reveal its full, mature complexity.
About this wine
Style White Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine Region Rhône, Hermitage
Grape Variety (Cépage) Marsanne, Roussanne
Viticulture Non-Organic
Vintage 2012
Cellarage Approachable when young this wine is best drunk at 2-3 years of age or after at least seven years cellarage. Superior vintages can age well for
decades (30+ years).
Vinification The grapes are rigorously harvested by hand at optimum maturity, from four different lieu dits (L'Hermite, Peleat, Maison Blanche and Rocoules)
from vines subjected to minimal treatments and short pruning. The grapes are bladder pressed before a 24-hour debourbage (settling) and the juice is then transferred to cask (circa 80%) and stainless steel (circa 20%) for fermentation. After alcoholic and malolactic fermentation the wine is racked clear and lightly sulphured. After the lightest of finings and at least 12 months élevage the final assemblage (blending) takes place. The wine is then left to 'harmonise' for several weeks before a very light plate filtration and eventual bottling.
Alcohol By Volume (%) 14.5

Gérard & Jean-Louis Chave

'De Père en Fils Depuis 1481' (from father to son since 1481) is the impressive statement that graces every bottle of Chave Hermitage. The Chaves farm 13.9 hectares (of Hermitage’s 132 hecatres) comprising 9.3 hectares of Syrah spread across 7 different climats and 4.6 hectares of Marsanne and Roussanne (in an 80% to 20% respective ratio). Gérard Chave (born in 1935) started working with his father in the late 1960s and was joined by his son Jean-Louis (born in 1968) in 1992 on completion of his viticultural studies at University of California, Davis and an MBA at Hartford. The Chaves are famous for their fastidious and skilful blending as their extensive vine-holdings give them a very broad palette of fruit to work with. Jean-Louis married his American wife Erin Cannon-Chave in 2003 and they have two children Louis (born 2006) and Emma (born 2008). In 2006 Jean-Louis Chave became President of the Hermitage Wine-Producers Association. As well as producing superb red and white Hermitage (which represent for many the benchmarks of the appellation) the Chaves also produce an excellent red Saint Joseph as well as a popular range of négociant wines.

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