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2011 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc
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95 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2014

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.

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