Domaine J.L. Chave, Hermitage 2003


Stephen Tanzer 98 | Robert Parker 100
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Now we take the monster out of his cage,' Jean-Louis warned me before pouring this. Inky, almost black in color. Elemental, hugely concentrated and powerful on the nose, which slowly unveils aromas of dark cherry liqueur, blackberry, cassis, espresso and a deep note of sweet tobacco. Impossibly rich and dense on the palate (the yields in 2003 were off by two-thirds), showing myriad dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors, with a suggestion of tapenade and an intense licorice quality. Remarkably, this takes on a mineral tone on the finish, which has the effect of further drawing out the amazingly powerful finish.

| Stephen Tanzer

 

 Region France | Rhone | Hermitage
 Type Red wine
 Bottle size Standard bottle (0,75 Liter)
 Bottle condition Bottles in perfect condition: Labels and capsules excellent. Levels into the neck. Stored in fully conditioned cellar.
 When to drink 2018-2044