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2016 Chave Hermitage Blanche Selection

750 ml


Type: Still

Country: France

Region: Northern Rhone

Distict / Appellation: Hermitage

Item No. 6t168

About This Wine

In 2016, Chave may have produced the greatest Blanche to date.

On paper, the Hermitage Blanc Blanche is a negociant wine. In reality, the truth is much more complicated. The Blanche refers to Maison Blanche, a lieu-dit at the top of the Hermitage hill where Chave has old vines. It's from this site that the lion's share of the Blanche comes.

At as low as $66.95, the Hermitage Blanc Blanche offers incredible value. Chave's Hermitage Blanc sells for somewhere around $300.

Chave's Hermitage Blanc is one of the great and long-lived wines of the world. It is intense, layered, and incredibly complicated. The Blanche bottling works on a different wavelength. Based on 100% Marsanne, it shows a vigor and snap from its placement high on the hill of Hermitage. While still offering a saturating intensity, the Blanche offers up bright and lifted floral notes. The 2016 is an absolutely stunning vintage. Its marriage of purity and presence, verve, and concentration is impressive.

The 2016 northern Rhône whites are jaw-droppingly good. I love their impact, finesse, and harmony. While Chave's Blanche bottling isn't structured for decades of aging, like the Hermitage Blanc, we've had great bottles with a decade of age. Everything is in place for the 2016 to age beautifully.

Chave Hermitage Blanche has long been one of the most overlooked wines in the lineup. The 2016 takes this overachieving wine to a whole new level.

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