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2012 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc
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94-96 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2014

Tasted in single-site components from tanks as the wine awaited blending:  #1, from Peleat:  Ripe pear and honey aromas, with a suave floral accent and a hint of smoky minerals.  At once rich and lively, showing excellent back-end power.  #2, from Rocoules: Intense, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruit aromas, with a sexy floral nuance building with air.  Bright, focused and mineral-driven, with a strong Meyer lemon quality lingering on the tangy finish.  #3, also from Rocoules:  Showing more emphasis on orchard fruit than the first Rocoules tank, with powerful quince and pear flavors and a touch of bitter quinine.  Dusty minerals sharpen the long, sappy finish.  #4, from l'Ermite:  Spicy citrus zest and ginger scents along with a chalky mineral note and a hint of anise.  Smoky and penetrating, with superb finishing clarity and lingering spiciness.  #5, also from l'Ermite:  More floral and masculine than the previous l'Ermite, with strong jasmine and orchard fruit character and a touch of bitter quinine.  Bright and nervy on the finish, which doesn't want to let up.

97 Points | Wine Spectator
96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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