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Red

1990 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Centenaire

Red Rhone Blend more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
had a fabulous nose. It was very meaty, rich and ripe full of red fruits, game, spice (cinnamon and nutmeg), t .n a, t .n a and more t .n a with a fire grilled edge and great dust, minerals and earth. It was an A+ nose, and an A+ palate to match that was rich, creamy and meaty . the best bottle of this I have experienced out of three or four 97 points
Red

1971 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

Syrah more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
a very fresh nose as well and was consistent with the bottle I had last month at the Top 100, as it should since it was from the same source! There were aromas of beef, noodle, earth and a pinch of wild barnyard, with sappy plums underneath. The wine had a positive, soul-warming, soup-like quality that carried over to the palate, with a touch of foresty complexity there as well. It got a Korean BBQ edge and sweatier in the glass, a good sweaty like hot sex, of course 92+? points
Red

1978 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

Syrah more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
I have never been blown away by the 1978, which again proved to be a solid, enjoyable wine, but not what I would call a legendary one. The .78 was very dirty with an earthy, stinky nose and some green, vegetal flavors (.better out of magnum. snickered Ray). This bottle was a touch disjointed 92? points
Red

1985 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

Syrah more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
had a touch of stink, just a pinch, and was very meaty and earthy. It had enough menthol to clear out the average sinus and a farm/hay/barnyard edge. The palate was very taut with lots of minerals, alcohol and acid. It was hot and seemed young with its enormous alcohol concentration 93+ points
Red

1989 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

Syrah more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
was wound up enormously with firm alcohol and a touch of menthol. The bottle was shut down almost completely and had a long, deep, brooding palate 93+? points
Red

1990 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

Syrah more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
was one of the better bottles of this wine that I have had. It had an amazing wave of roasted meat, earth, and almost a bloody mary/worsteschire spice. The wine was open, fleshy and meaty with a splash of vitamins. The palate was very polished and refined with a long finish. It was Ray.s favorite, while Doug was trying to work through the tomato/vegetal side, and Mike called out a bullseye of .hickory wood.. Speaking about the flight, Jean-Louis noted that the .2000 was more softness, the 1999 good structure and good everything, the 1995 more granite and tannins, and the 1990 classic. 95+ points
Red

1995 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

Syrah more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
had a classic nose . it was a touch more forward than the 1999 fruit-wise, but it also had the bacon and pepper, with more violet, meat and flesh. The wine was full-bodied, with lots of roasted, earthy flavors and outstanding expression of terroir again. Jean-Louis stressed the importance of terroir again, .We don.t talk about Syrah, we talk about Bessards, Le Meal, etc . where the grapes come from.. 94+ points
Red

1999 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

Syrah more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
was much more classic full of the pepper, bacon, roasted earth and menthol quadrafecta known as red Hermitage. The t .n a (tannins and alcohol for those of you that forgot or do not know) were tremendous; we were in the presence of a big-time wine that was still a baby. There were loads of structure with the rustic earth and leather, with Jean-Louis noting that .Northern Rhone is more like Burgundy than Chateauneuf. The wine is more soil than climate, and soil is more important than the sun . this is very important. 96 points
Red

2000 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

Syrah more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
which was very youthful in that Autobahn way. Ray.s premonitions of the young reds being too oaky for him were misguided. There were lots of earth and stems, but underneath the vim, stones and black and red fruits, there was a touch of barnyard. The wine had lots of alcohol and acid on the back end, decent structure, and was long and firm&a bit dormant perhaps, or as Ray put it, .a bit diluted.. 92 points
White

1978 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc

White Rhone Blend more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
had a buttery, honeyed and divine nose with great bread aromas that carried over to the palate. Mike and Wendy combined forces for .peanut butter satay. while Mike expanded into the world of .coffee and butterscotch. around the edges. Doug found the .78 .a little old and starting to show some sherry.. There was some citrus spice and lingering acidity. Brian chipped in how the great whites seem to get fresher as they get older because they get more focused 95 points
White

1983 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
had a lot of glue in the nose, complemented by more old wood and forest, bordering on a mint/eucalyptus thing. This particular bottle lacked definition, especially after having the same wine in magnum a month ago that showed much better . perhaps a magnum is necessary at this point? The wine seemed confused and a touch medicinal 88? points
White

1989 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc

White Rhone Blend more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
the Blanc of the night. It had an intense nose full of alcohol with more nut in its nose, vanilla nut in fact, but in that unique Hermitage way. The wine was a victory for terroir over winemaking . I sat in awe and couldn.t help but think how the wine gave me this impression that it made itself, and Jean-Louis was wise enough to let it do just that. The palate was fabulous, definitely great and still young, full, rich and long. There were great flavors of wax and honey wrapped in toast and nut 97 points
White

1990 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc

White Rhone Blend more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
had an intense nose full of glue, citrus, honey and wax . lots of vigor here. There was a nice nutty quality to the palate, with a pinch of citrus and great terroir/minerality. It was round, rich and waxy . if it is not a wine made on acidity then it must have been the alcohol that made the wine quite zippy, although many whispered that they felt a lot of the wines had good acidity. There was good petrol, mineral and benevolent sulfur flavors on the finish 95 points
White

1991 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc

White Rhone Blend more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
a controversial wine that was fresh for a few minutes but took a left turn at Albequerque and took on this distinctive aroma of bad weed. Yes, bad weed. Let.s just say that kids that grow up in New York City are experienced. The 1991 had light citrus, earth and barnyard aromas with a touch of wild herbs, for sure. The palate was still round and rich, but that bad weed thing marked its flavors as well. Was it the wine or the bottle? Jean-Louis seemed more fond of the wine, calling it .2001 ten years older.. He also remarked that .truth is in the old bottles.. I could not agree with him more there. It is the fundamental problem with wine critics today . no one provides enough of that truth (I will be trying!) The 1991 got worse in the glass 85? points
White

1992 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc

White Rhone Blend more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
There was a touch of straw, orange peel, tank water, cement and rubber (though not rubber cement) . kind of like wet galoshes fresh off the pavement. The wine was exotic and mature, with good structure but probably at its peak. Doug remarked that there was .a touch too much exotic oriental spice for me, but interesting.. The wine did get a little medicinal in the glass. Jean-Louis called it .classic Hermitage with the honey, wax and no acidity. (89-90) points
White

1995 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc

White Rhone Blend more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
very fragrant, with the first signs of some glue and marzipan that points in the Rhone direction. The wine was very creamy with a light pungency similar to a sun-baked fig a day or two more than the chef would allow. The wine was still youthful and (white) meaty, with additional flavors of mineral, seltzer, toast, chalk, nut and marzipan. Ray added the wine would continue to offer more in five to ten years. Jean-Louis noted that the wine was in an .interesting stage and just starting to open. 95 points
White

2001 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc

White Rhone Blend more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
had a young nose with a whiff of judicious, buttery oak . very Montrachet-like. In fact, I would have guessed White Burgundy if served to me blind since the wine was so buttery . its youth seemed to mask its Rhonish characteristics. Ray chipped in how the Chave Blancs always have this Burgundian edge in their youth. The palate was very rich and oily with a long finish and a pinch of what I like to call .the bitterness of youth,. a touch of bitter flavors more associated with the wine being young then anything else. The finish also had good minerality and freshness. Jean-Louis called 2001 .a good vintage with good balance. and also chipped in that .the problem with the world today is that many are trying to make bigger wines. 94 points
Red

1990 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Cuvée Cathelin

Syrah more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
was classic as well but had a touch more in reserve, in a wintry way. It had all the bacon, pepper, roasted earth and menthol but all in reserve. The palate was long and strong yet still silky. It was class in a glass 97 points
Red

1991 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Cuvée Cathelin

Syrah more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
was the most open and classic, although Dr. B tried to lead a mutiny by calling it a touch unpure. Most disagreed strongly, myself included. The nose was loaded with bacon, violets, pepper, menthol, and roasted earth and had an animal edge. The palate was huge with a touch of yeast and animal flavors to complement the aromas, and with time some of that honeynut sex appeal emerged. The wine also gained in the glass with time 96 points
Red

1995 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Cuvée Cathelin

Syrah more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
was perplexing; there was a lot of white pepper, menthol and alcohol but a touch of aggressive wood. There were underlying bacon aromas. The wine seemed disappointing on the palate by Cathelin standards (could be the bottle?) and was all about the minerals and light raisins and did get a touch herbal 92? points
Red

1998 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Cuvée Cathelin

Syrah more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
had much more power, which was obvious right away in the nose, which was full of roasted fruit and alcohol. The nose was intense with dashes of pepper, violet and an explosive minerality, almost a silver streak to the nose. The palate was humongous with great flavors to match its nose and great t. n a. The wine was at the same time long, fine, refined . supersonic 98 points
Red

2000 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Cuvée Cathelin

Syrah more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
fresh off the boat so to speak, had a brooding, deep intensity to it with lots of violet and bacon, vanilla syrup, a touch of ginger, mint, menthol and a candied, jellied style to its fruit. It was very rich and thick on the palate but shy. There were violet and leather flavors. The 2000 Cathelin was sweet, plumy, young, seductive and grapy and will be enjoyable to continue to evaluate for many years to come 95 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

1990 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Vin de Paille

Marsanne more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
was more wound with more t .n a and mineral edges to complement that Pine Bros honey thing, but it was also more foresty and weedy to me, despite Doug.s .complete caramel. compliment 91 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

1996 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Vin de Paille

Marsanne more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
Ray likened to a .honey cough drop,. and it was for those familiar with the now defunct Pine Bros. The wine was kinky and exotic and was definitely on that honey, oat, wheat and earth side, with herbal twinges and a unique character 93 points
Red

1958 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino Speciale

Nebbiolo more

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, John Kapon
weekly update - An Evening with Jean-Louis Chave and more (12/6/2004)
The nose was firm, full of alcohol, matchsticks and charcoal with loads of structure, tar and cold stones and minerals . .very intense,. Rudy concurred. It was catnip city, a word I usually reserve for my Burgundies! It had deep, chunky, chocolaty fruit and a huge palate. The chocolate flavors were massive to go along with its gritty and sandy texture, and both the nose and mouth developed animal (with the fur) and desert edges. The wine got figgy (or should I say figgy with it?) and started to lose focus in 30-45 minutes, though 94 points
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