Hermitage Blanc 2013

Chave, J-L

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Tasting Notes

The 2013 Hermitage Blanc is a brilliant white, and certainly checks in near the top of the hierarchy in 2013. A blend of 85% Marsanne and 15% Roussanne from the lieux-dits of Rocoules, Peleat, L'Hermite, and Maison Blanche, it's brought up in a mix of new and used barrels, with some in tank as well. A beautiful perfume of buttered citrus, honeyed white currants, crushed rocks, and white flowers gives way to a full-bodied, pure, concentrated 2013 that shows the purity and freshness of the vintage while still packing serious depth. Drink it over the coming 20-30 years.

Score: 97

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com Maturity: 2019-2049 27 March 2019

Chave's 2013 Hermitage Blanc had just been bottled prior to my visit. Always 80% to 85% Marsanne and the rest Roussanne, from the lieux-dits of Rocoules, Peleat, L'Hermite and Maison Blanche, it's raised primarily in barrels with a small percentage new. Loaded with notions of buttered citrus, white currants, liquid rock, white flowers and hints of honeysuckle, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, beautiful freshness and purity, and a focused, clean, elegant profile that keeps you coming back to the glass. It lacks the sheer wealth of material found in blockbuster years like 2009 and 2003, yet is perfectly balanced, has loads of richness and a great finish. Give it a year or two and enjoy bottles over the following two decades.

Score: 97

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2017-2037 31 December 2015

Acacia, orange blossom, white peach and fresh ginger notes lead the way, followed by waves of honeysuckle, Jonagold apple, chamomile and lightly toasted macadamia nut flavors. The finish combines weight and purity, fruit and minerality, as a quinine accent echoes. Best from 2018 through 2035.

Score: 97

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2018-2035 15 December 2016

Pale gold. Powerful, sharp aromas of mineral-accented pear, nectarine, orange pith and candied ginger, backed by hints of pungent flowers and iodine. In a bright, vibrant but concentrated style; a solid core of minerality adds cut and lift to the intense, impressively concentrated orchard and pit fruit flavors. Tightens up slowly with air and finishes dry, minerally and extremely long, leaving behind sexy floral and candied citrus fruit notes.

Score: 96

Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com Maturity: 2024-2034 01 March 2016