2017 domaine jean louis chave, hermitage, blanc
Why We're Buying
Wine doesn't get much better than this. Wine critic Jeb Dunnuck said, "2015 Hermitage Blanc is a perfect wine and certainly one of the greatest whites ever made from this hallowed estate." Not only did he give the vintage a perfect rating, but he gave 100 points to the 2016 version as well. From 2017 to 2021, the price of Domaine Jean-Louis-Chave Hermitage has gone up 34.3%.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In the end, I'm unable to definitely say that the 2017 Hermitage Blanc is better than the stupendous 2016. Of course, I sampled it just three days after it was bottled, so I've appended the + to my rating, as there's a possibility the wine may have been affected by that process. It's gently toasty but dominated at this stage by forward melon and pineapple fruit. Full-bodied and incredibly rich yet balanced, it unfolds in waves of flavor and texture, lingering for what seems like minutes on the finish. Hit it soon to enjoy its youthful opulence, or put it aside for 10-12 years. (JC)