Robert Parker 95
The ’95 is one my favourite white Hermitages from Chave, although I would offer that this magnum was not quite as ethereal as the bottle opened in London last year. Still, it has a complex bouquet with candle wax, honeycomb, peach and lime leaf, very well defined and vigorous. The palate is more expansive than the 1996 although it does not quite have the same level of tension. Lemon curd, dried pineapple and beeswax towards the persistent finish, this is still a superb expression of white Hermitage. Drink now-2020. Tasted June 2010.
Anticipated maturity: 2011-2020
Among the whites, I especially admired the 1995 Chave Hermitage Blanc for its complex bouquet of truffles, honey, flowers and spices, all of which flowed through to the unctuous finish. This rich, explosive wine was utterly captivating.