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Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 750ML 2002
Sku: 00820
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Country: France
Region: Rhone
Sub-Region: Northern Rhone
Appellation: Hermitage
Grape Varietal: White Rhone Blend
Type: Still wine
Reg. $154.99
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Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2002 Hermitage blanc exhibits abundant amounts of acacia flowers, honeyed citrus, and a hint of orange marmalade in a ripe, elegant, medium-bodied style. Because of its low acidity, it is best consumed during its first 5-7 years of life. What Chave accomplished in the extremely challenging 2002 vintage is unquestionably noteworthy. Not because of tiny yields and small grapes, but due to Chave?s decision to eliminate every grape except the very best, 2002 is a small crop. (Dec 2004)

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Wine growers in the Northern Rhone since 1491, the Chave family (currently helmed by Gerard and son Jean-Louis) represents 16 generations of unbroken lineage committed to the evocation of some of the finest Syrah, Marsanne, and Roussanne on the planet. Jean Louis joined his father in 1992 after completing undergraduate studies at University of Connecticut and a degree in oenology at Davis. After forfeiting his childhood dream of becoming a Wall Street broker, the prodigal son came home from America to accept his place among winemaking royalty. It was at that time that he completely replanted vineyards on the family’s original estate in Saint Joseph, which had been abandoned in the early 1900’s when phylloxera hit the region. His relatives subsequently purchased land on the anointed Hermitage hill. The key to perfect balance in Chave’s Hermitage is in their remarkable blending skill, which begins again every season. They deliberate for hours about the cuvee, have dreams about it; many hours of thought, insight, and conversation go into the final component blend for Hermitage. Never once has the Chave family released a single vineyard or cru Hermitage.