8 Vintages of Chave tasted at VVW (2004-2011) Groups #8 and my #7 wine of the tasting. Some funky bretty aromas mar the nose. Beneath the funk there are some sour cherry and coffee notes. The palate is rounder, sweeter and ultimately the most simple of this lineup.
My first crack at this. But we had this at the end of a very long night, so I'm not sure it got the showing it deserved. I liked it, but expected to love it, and I'll have to reserve judgment until trying it again soon.
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(Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage) Dark purple red violet color; toast, tart currant, mineral, tart plum nose; tasty, tight, tart currant, smoky, very tart plum, mineral palate with incipient bacon fat; needs 3 years; long finish 92+ points