1989 Chave - Hermitage Blanc 750ml

France - Northern Rhone - Hermitage/ White / Rhone Blend
1989 Chave - Hermitage Blanc
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Rhone Book(1997) | 92

The 1989 Hermitage Blanc is low in acidity, expansive, and weighty, and makes for a huge, chewy mouthful of white wine. The honeyed, somewhat unctuous personality of the wine is more dominant in the 1989 than in the 1988, but there remains the head-turning, beautiful, flowery aromas, sensational concentration, super ripeness, and low acidity. Chave believes the latter component is always a characteristic of the greatest Hermitage vintages. Last tasted 8/96.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: B3

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Score: 90
Author: Anthony D526
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/18/2009
Drink Dates: 2005-2015
Excellent without the heavy, over-extracted style typical of some white Rhones; lovely nose of fruit & minerals; subtle & elegant. Delicious now but may develop further; better w/food (not an aperitif wine).
More Vintages and Sizes of Chave - Hermitage Blanc:

2011 (750ml)

About This Producer


The Chave family owns vines in nine of the eighteen vineyards that cover the hill of Hermitage. Chave believes that the hillside's variety of terroirs is instrumental in bringing the right balance to its blends. The domaine produces both red and white Hermitage, as well as a St Joseph Offerus. The Hermitage appellation regulations allow up to 15% white grapes to be added to the Syrah, but Chave uses a smaller amount, if any at all (his L'Hermite vineyard has some white grapevines planted alongside the red). The white Hermitage is produced from 85% Marsanne and 15% Roussanne, all of which is harvested by hand. There is also a limited production (approx. 100 cases) Cuvee Cathelin, an Hermitage cuvee named after a friend of the Chave family, artist Bernard Cathelin, who designed the label when it was first released in 1990. Finally, there is an Hermitage Vin de Paille, which is both rare and highly-regarded.

The domaine also has a second line called JL Chave Selection which produces affordable red and white Crozes-Hermitage and Hermitage, as well as a Cotes du Rhone.

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