1998 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Rouge Rhone France

$639.99 USD

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"Wow – immediately as you lift the glass it's clear that this is the essence of Hermitage. Smoky berry fruits soar from the glass, joined by notes of perfumed cigar box, smoky bacon, bonfire smoke, star anise and incense. It's full and cooling on the palate, with no excess weight despite its breadth and depth of flavor. Lovely sappy berry acidity runs through it, leading to a long, weightless, saline finish. A really precise and fine wine, highly complex, well balanced and classically Hermitage." 

Rated 100 Points Decanter

"Another fantastic Hermitage from J-L Chave, this bottle enjoyed at The Harrow Inn. Given ample decanting, one can see the multi-faceted nature of this wine. A deep garnet core. A sensuous, beguiling bouquet just soars from the glass; dark cherries, game, thyme, rosemary, liquorices and a hint of white fennel. The palate is full-bodied with svelte, lush tannins but counterbalanced by a robust structure that suggests this is a long-term Hermitage. Wonderful balance, cashmere texture, almost Burgundian towards the finish. A delirious wine."

Rated 97 Points Wine Advocate

"The 1998 Hermitage showed beautifully, with an almost Burgundian, elegant style. Possessing lots of minerality and liquid rock like nuances as well as plenty of darker fruits, leather and earthy nuances, it glides across the palate with a medium to full-bodied, layered, seamless texture. The tannin are relatively resolved and while mature, it’s going to continue evolving gracefully for another decade. It’s a beautiful, mature, elegant wine from Chave."

Rated 96 Points Jeb Dunnuck