"Straight-up awesome purity of fruit" - 2016 Chave Hermitage Blanc

Posted by Ian McFadden

In the world of white wine, Chave’s Hermitage Blanc stands alone.

Chave’s Hermitage are among the greatest wines in the world.

The red is one of the most celebrated expressions of Syrah. However, as Jean-Louis Chave makes clear in his I'll Drink To That! podcast interview, their fame and appellation's fame was largely built on Hermitage Blanc.

Chave’s Hermitage Blanc is unmatched in style, intensity, and sheer grandeur. It absolutely dominates the palate with endless layers of flavor, and dizzying, kaleidoscopic, mysterious depth.

Chave’s Blanc is one of the longest lived wines, often aging even slower than Chave’s Hermitage Rouge. Accordingly, the oldest bottles in Chave’s cellar are white. Old Chave Blanc is one of my favorite wines in existence.

The 2016 is blowing the minds of many seasoned Rhône fans. Case in point; Jeb Dunnuck flipped over the wine and highlighted the "straight up awesome purity of fruit.”

Like the Hermitage Rouge, the complexity and balance of the Blanc is achieved through Chave’s impeccable blending skills. Their Hermitage Blanc comes from four sites: Rocoules, Peleat (which is home to 100 year+ vines), L'Hermite and Maison Blanche. The result is an insane spectrum of flavor: nectarine, peach, citrus oils, quince, marzipan, honey, white flowers, buttered citrus, licorice, and exotic spices. It's head-spinning.

The Chave family has been in the Rhone since 1491 and the current head of the domaine, Jean-Louis Chave, represents the 16th generation of an unbroken lineage of winemakers. Their long history and unmatched skill has made them Rhone’s Royalty. No one produces such complex expressions of Syrah, or such profound blends of Marsanne and Roussanne.

For me, Chave's Blanc demands a place in every collector's cellar. The 2016 is destined to become an incredible wine and an absolute distance runner. Production of Chave's Blanc is fairly small and in a vintage like 2016, it will disappear from the market quickly.

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Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits