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2007 HERMITAGE, JL Chave. Rhône, France
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Area: The Hermitage hill, on the banks of the Rhône, famous for producing the 'King' of reds. But the whites can age just as well...
Grape Variety: 80% Roussanne, 20% Marsanne, aged for a year in wood (but no new wood; oakiness is avoided at all costs)
Producer: The premier producer, now something of a cult - hence the intimidating price point
Cellar Potential: This will age as long as you want it too; simply becoming nuttier, spicier and more complex. 20 years no problem
Old Bridge Rating: Yes I have been lucky enough to drink this (rather than just taste it). It's not a big hitter, not an obvious style; it's intense but tight-knit, improving hugely if you let it warm up in the glass. A wine for buffs
Press Reviews: Robert Parker, in The Wine Advocate: "After tasting through the different vineyards that go into the 2007 Hermitage blanc (Peleat, Rocoules, Meal, and l'Ermite), this appears to be another outstanding white Hermitage, and a candidate for the white Hermitage of the vintage. Several of the cuvees, especially l'Ermite, Meal, and Rocoules, merited scores in the high 90s, and Peleat was rated in the mid-90s. Aromas of white flowers, quince, and honeyed citrus, zesty acidity, and sensational concentration make an appearance in this extraordinary white. It is a magnificent example of power combined with elegance. This 2007 white Hermitage should evolve for 25-30+ years. Score: 95-98"
£137.75 per bottle in a mixed case
£130.50 per bottle in an un-mixed case