Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2016
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97 Points Decanter
Principally from the lieux-dits of Péléat, Beaume, Les Bessards, L’Ermite and Le Méal, this is fresh and lifted with accessible berry fruits. The oak (10% new) is in the background, aromatically lending just a little spice. It's very vibrant on the palate, with a crisp, saline tannic structure and a long, tremulous finish. There's a remarkable sense of energy, tension and finesse allied with depth and minerality. A remarkably aerial Hermitage, its style is one of precision and clarity rather than bulk and muscle. It's dangerously delicious already and can be enjoyed now for those that can't wait, but this will really start to come into its own around 2028. Drinking Window 2019 - 2045