This comes across really closed. Completely unyielding at first, it opens up a bit as it breathes and warms up closer to room temperature, but there's really not a lot showing beyond some ripe white fruit accented by hazelnut and floral notes. Locks and chains around this right now.
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(Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc) Group's #2 (my #2) – 43 pts; 3 1st place votes, 4 2nd place votes, 0 thirds, 3 last places – Medium yellow color; different nose from the other vintages--peach, pear and apple peel; youthful, a little tight, refined sweet lemon and vanilla palate; balanced; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.
(Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc) Medium butter yellow color; wheat, white peach and mineral nose; not as complex as usual, white peach, stone fruit palate; medium finish (may be going through a dumb period; 80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne)
(Chave Hermitage Blanc) which had a gorgeous nose with layers of complexity. There was kinky, baked, yellow fruits, citrus, butter, honey, marzipan, glue, smoke . the nose was incredibly exotic, and the palate was smooth, buttery and minerally . shy but going to be great