Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2005
Dense and packed, but amazingly bright at the same time, this offers dried papaya and pineapple fruit backed by a paraffin note, with fresh floral, white peach and heather honey notes. Then the long, superstony finish takes over, and sails on nearly endlessly. This has power, precision and refinement all together. Drink now through 2030.
The 2005 Hermitage blanc is remarkable wine. It is a powerful vintage for Chave with super-intense honeysuckle, acacia flower, marzipan, hazelnut, buttered citrus oil, and licorice notes as well as a rich, opulent, thick style made from very small yields of 30-35 hectoliters per hectare. It is extraordinary and has enough minerality and acidity to suggest that the wine is actually going to age for 20 or more years. (94-96)