Hermitage Rouge, J-L Chave 2013
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Still in barrel at the time of this tasting, the 2013 Hermitage will certainly be one of the wines of the vintage. Offering classic, granite-induced notes of smoked dark fruits, graphite, searing minerality and bouquet garni, this sensational Hermitage has medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful mid-palate density and building tannin, all with the freshness and purity of the vintage. Reminiscent of a more backwards, tight, focused and granite-driven year (I asked Jean-Louis if there was a similar vintage he could recall, he commented that he couldn't think of one), it has solid ripeness in its aromas and flavors, good sweetness in its tannin, and a great finish. I suspect it will need 7-8 years of cellaring and keep for 20-25 years or more.
|Score: 94/97||Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (222), December 2015|
Moving to the 2013 Hermitage, I was able to taste through all of the different parcels (Baumes, Peleat, l'Hermite, Meal and Bessards), all of which had incredible minerality and firm, structured profiles, with their tannin and acidity front and center. The les Bessards (which makes up the bulk of the blend) has a decidedly serious feel, with edgy minerality. I commented that the wine was almost severe, at which point Jean-Louis responded ""yes, but the granite is severe!"" Despite the tight, firm qualities found in all of these, they all have beautiful mid-palate depth and concentration, and I'm sure this will be an Hermitage for the ages.
|Score: 94/96+||Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (216), December 2014|
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