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2011 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage
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94-95 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2014

This wine was still broken out into five different pre-blended components when I visited in November but should be in bottle by now.  #1:  Intense red fruit and floral qualities, with a bright mineral underpinning.  #2:  Wilder and spicier, with zesty red fruit and star anise nuances and a touch of smokiness.  #3:  More dark and brooding, showing powerful bitter cherry and cassis qualities and strong back-end power.  #4:  Distinctly mineral-driven, precise red fruit and floral pastille aromas and flavors, with a deeper note of cola in the background.  #5:  Powerful cassis and bitter cherry aromas and flavors pick up spiciness and floral character with a little air.  The most densely packed of these samples but showing surprising finishing vivacity and cut.  Jean-Louis thinks that this wine "will be a little strict" for a while after bottling and hopes that people don't jump too quickly into it simply because 2011 is perceived as an easy vintage.

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