Hermitage night

Tasted November 8, 2012 by Pierre-Yves with 422 views

Introduction

4th gathering, and tonight theme was Hermitage. After a few starters, we tasted first blind a bottle, before sharing a huge pulled pork, done as bo ssam way.

Flight 1 (6 notes)

Red
2009 J.L. Chave Sélection St. Joseph Offerus France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph
84 points
Tasted blind, I felt the cote du rhone fruit, not so elegant, quite new world in style.
Would probably have gained some aeration ( carafe), more aging, or might have been complimented better with some food.
Red
2007 J.L. Chave Sélection Hermitage Farconnet France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
90 points
Afraid it might have been too ripe, but was not.
Nice fruit for sure but some bacon and fur/gameyness to it.
Red
2001 Tardieu-Laurent Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
89 points
At opening, the tannins were a bit harsh. 2 hrs later and after decanting everything was in place. Quite delicious, maybe lacking a bit of complexity, a bit too modern in style.
Red
1997 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
91 points
Round, some fruit confit mixed wth bright fruit. Palate is bit short. Someone said cow smell, definitly had some animal/ fur taste to it.
Red
1997 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
95 points
That is elegance. Straight (as opposite of round), balanced acidity, then some fruit confits and gameyness. Super long finish. Loved it
Red
1988 E. Guigal Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
94 points
Consistent with my previous tasting of it, although the fruit on this one was brighter, and overall the wine felt more fresh and younger. Delicious, but had to downgrade it a bit compared to the Chave.
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