Jean Louis Chave   Hermitage Blanc

2005 Hermitage Blanc

By Jean-Louis Chave

2005 Hermitage Blanc from Jean-Louis Chave, Rhone

In the labyrinth of wine intricacy, one would be remiss not to mention the 2005 Hermitage Blanc from Jean-Louis Chave. Birthed in the cradle of Rhone, this vintage presents an impressive pinnacle of wine investment possibilities, each sip deconstructing a rich narrative of climatic conditions and viticultural expertise.


A Vintage of Commitment to Excellence

The magnitude of the 2005 vintage in the Rhone region, in which this Hermitage Blanc resides, was undeniably profound. The climatic conditions supported an exceptional crop yield marked with an impressive colour depth and aromatic complexity that keeps enthusiasts excited.

This Hermitage Blanc by Jean-Louis Chave serves as a testament to their decades-old commitment to crafting wines that ooze decadent quality and resilient consistency.


An Opulent Nectar for Recollection and Investment

Known for their meticulous blending tendencies, the Chave family crafted this Hermitage Blanc with Marsanne being the dominant varietal. The resulting masterpiece grips the palate and ignites an ensemble of opulent stone fruit flavours embellished with white blossom undertones.

Its eloquent acidity and poignant mineral expression are reminiscent of its unique terroir, solidifying it as a wine that tells a story - a story rich with detail and cultivated intricacy.


The Heart of Rhone, Encapsulated

The 2005 vintage encapsulates attributes only achievable through unyielding tenacity combined with an intimate understanding of one's terroir. It is the essence of the Rhone Valley poured into a bottle, a testament to the climatic subservience which shaped each cluster on the vine.

Rich in sensory appeal and investment potential, this Hermitage Blanc radiates a confident balance between power and finesse that translates into a truly mesmerising wine experience. In its grandeur, the 2005 Hermitage Blanc from Jean-Louis Chave narrates the success story of Rhone viticulture, a narrative that only appreciates with time.

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The 2005 Hermitage blanc is an amazing effort that defines the classic style of white Hermitage. It offers hints of marzipan, roasted hazelnuts, quince, licorice, honeysuckle, citrus oil, and wet stones. It is a superbly concentrated and powerful wine. It should drink well for 30+ years. A bastion of traditionalism and terroir-sensitive winemaking, the Chaves, both father Gerard and son Jean-Louis, continue to establish higher and higher standards for artisanal, high quality winemaking without manipulation or compromise. As I have said many times in the past, after more than two dozen visits to their cellars in Mauves, the Chave address remains one of the most extraordinary places of learning in the wine world. Most importantly, they have had a remarkable succession of successful vintages that began in 1994. Importer: Langdon Shiverick, Los Angeles, CA; tel. (213) 483-5900

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 February 2008

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