A long lunch at Helen's place (Martinborough, NZ): A real change of speed here! Deep relatively primary red colour. A very clean and pure nose of dark cherries and other red and dark berries, with espresso, cinnamon, Asian spice and savoury notes. On palate, a very rich and powerful wine. It was obviously Syrah, but elegantly handled and beautifully Burgundian, which takes you straight to JL Chave. The wine seemed relatively young, but with some development, it seemed to be right in its optimal drinking window. Beautifully proportioned and balanced. Vibrant but savoury. The palate was multi-layered and very detailed. Really superb, a class act! Thanks Rauno.
Chave Dinner (Le Perigord): Sweet cinnamon and cardomam spices with earthy black fruit. Rich and sensual but not big, beautifully elegant and silky, but with an odd citrusy twang on the back end. With air the nose shows a huge blast of mint toothpaste that I wasn't especially fond of. Did not improve in the glass with air. At first I preferred this to the 90 but with air I think I preferred the 90.
WineBerserkers Rhone Tasting; 2/26/2014-2/27/2014 (The Palace, Mission, SF): "Oh wow" nose, floral, spicy, slight cinnamon, red fruit, very elegant; full bodied, elegant red fruit, fresh acidity throughout, wonderful combination of flavors, very slight green to give it great complexity; medium-long finish. This was just a stunning wine that had everything going for it, and it was a pleasure to drink throughout the night. Ready to drink now. 96-97.
Could use some careful decanting to be honest as it took it like 30 mins to show its best side. But post that is a magnificent wine. Wortht say that it came after the magnificent 1989 Rousseau Charmes-Chambertin, Papies 98, however it proved a worthy follow up act. Very Burgundian in a way. Very elegant and balanced. The nose we expected to be more secondary, but it was more fruit driven, light spice. On the palate a perfectly balanced beauty, good structure, firm yet silky tannin. Could use a touch more length and maybe a touch more strength but this is a 97 for us. Magical
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(Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage) Bricking medium red violet color with clear meniscus; tobacco, mushroom, tart red fruit, pepper, roasted fruit nose; earthy, tasty, tart red fruit, tobacco, balsamic, smoke palate; long finish
(Chave Rouge) a personal favorite of Chave.s according to Rudy. RP revved us up by asking us if we were all ready for some .Pinot Noir from Hermitage.. The nose was gorgeous, and I liked RP.s comment about the style of Chave. The fruit was soft and tender with earth, bacon, violet, plum and a touch of soy. The wine was pure and gorgeous, but the palate was all about finesse and elegance. Rudy loved the 1991, reasoning he was a .finesse, elegant, complex guy,. which sounded more like a personal ad than an endorsement of the wine
(JL Chave Hermitage) A touch more closed than many other wines, although with time there is some dense fruit apparent, with an acidic raspberry character. Masculine, closed, and tannic on the palate, with good fruit. A slight oily-polyphenol edge to the delicious texture. Plenty of potential here.
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