2015 Domaine Jean Louis Chave Hermitage

2015 Domaine Jean Louis Chave Hermitage
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750 ML   France, Rhone, Northern Rhone, Hermitage

  Wine Advocate 
           Oct 2018
      Joe Czerwinski           97       Drink: 2028-2045

The 2015 Hermitage is in bottle and it's a profound, long-lived wine, although the 2017 may perhaps surpass it in terms of pure pleasure. The 2015 is a bit meaty and cedary up front, backed by a mix of berry fruit and spice variations. But what stands out is the wine's immaculate structure and balance. It's firm and tannic without being hard or unyielding, finishing with fold after fold of velvety richness. While the impatient can certainly derive some pleasure from it even now, I'd opt for cellaring it a decade or more.

 

          98 pts

 

  • Opaque ruby. An insanely perfumed, highly complex bouquet evokes red/blue fruit liqueur, incense, exotic spices, smoky minerals and pungent flowers. Stains the palate with juicy, youthfully concentrated blueberry, raspberry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that are given spine by a core of zesty acidity and a peppery element. Clings with superb tenacity on the sweet, blue fruit-dominated finish, which is shaped by velvety, slow-building tannins.



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