A vintage Jean Louis thinks is best for drinking today, the 1997 Hermitage Blanc is elegant and silky, with the classic minerality, honeyed citrus, orange blossom and licorice characteristics these wines always show at maturity. Medium to full-bodied, balanced, and seamless, it still has plenty of mid-palate depth and should continue drinking nicely for another 5-10 years, but don't hold off too long here. (JD)
Complex, pure aromas of peach, apple, honey, acacia flower, linden and hawthorn. Offers great richness allied with floral lift. Almost miraculously elegant and not at all heavy. Finishes with outstanding persistence-and surprisingly dry given the wine opulence. This actually finished with a bit over two grams per liter residual sugar, said Chave, who added that it might well have turned out topheavy had he fermented with commercial yeasts (the less efficient wild yeasts tend to produce more glycerine and a bit less alcohol). An extraordinary white Hermitage. (ST) 94+
Deep gold. Gorgeous, honeyed, nutty. Waxy and full of spice on the palate with a savoury nutty flavour. Full in the mouth but still stays really fresh. Oatmeal and spice and just incredibly long and has both power and intrigue. Opens up to a lemony freshness that gives it greater youth. Then that glorious savoury quality, almost sour, almost apricot. (JH) 18/20
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