Hermitage: flawless for many years, they have achieved a level of perfection that commands admiration. Since 1481, the Chave family reigns supreme over the vineyards of the Hermitage. Yesterday, Gerard peasant winemaker in the best sense; Jean-Louis today. Probably the finest visionaries and observers of the Hermitage and beyond, the French vineyard in general. Jean-Louis Chave brings its know-how completely consolidate the vision of the vineyard, each plot resembling a small Japanese garden with a line shot. While opening up to other territories, such as the Florentine, fabulous enclosed planted with very old vines in the heart of Anderlecht, which celebrated its first production in 2009. In the cellar, the Chave are the highest of the different terroirs Hermitage, working on complementary assemblies. Here no piecemeal or "super wines" rather faithful reflection of this magical hill. The red comes from the hermitage best "neighborhoods" of Beaume, the Hermit, and reflects the strength Bessards. Fluency maturities such as touch farms in barrels here provide very great moments of tasting.
Light yellow. Intense scents of nectarine, pear skin and lemon curd, with complicating floral and mineral notes gaining power with air. Broad and fleshy but tightly focused, offering vibrant orchard and pit fruit flavors and a refreshingly bitter note of citrus pith. Dry and nervy on the penetrating, powerful. sharply focused finish, which leaves sexy honeysuckle and ginger notes behind. I suspect that this wine will age gracefully on its tension and balance. Score: 95 points -- Vinous, Mar 2014