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1990 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

SKU #966129 99 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 1990 Hermitage is fully mature yet holding beautifully. Perfumed notes of sweet cassis and blackberry fruits, rose hips, smoked meats, and exotic spices all flow to a full-bodied, layered, seamless, flawlessly balanced Hermitage that glides over the palate with no sensation of weight or heaviness. With resolved tannins, beautiful purity, and a great finish, it’s unquestionably ready to go, yet should hold nicely for another 8-10 years. Inner quote mark (3/2019)

99 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 1990 Hermitage is fully mature yet holding beautifully. Perfumed notes of sweet cassis and blackberry fruits, rose hips, smoked meats, and exotic spices all flow to a full-bodied, layered, seamless, flawlessly balanced Hermitage that glides over the palate with no sensation of weight or heaviness. With resolved tannins, beautiful purity, and a great finish, it’s unquestionably ready to go, yet should hold nicely for another 8-10 years. Inner quote mark (3/2019)

98 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This still very rich and alluring, with a core of dark roasted plum, black currant and blackberry fruit that still has an unctuous feel. There are additional floral and black tea notes, flashes of bergamot and clove, and a lingering tarry edge that supports the finish. Still throws a long shadow. (JM, Web Only-2012) Inner quote mark

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Chave’s 1990 Hermitage is simply magnificent from the moment it is poured. A dark, translucent ruby, the 1990 hits the palate with a rush of bold red-fleshed fruits. Hints of herb, smoke, cedar, dried flowers, tobacco and leather open up with time in the glass, but above all else, the 1990 is superbly polished and silky, with exceptional balance and an alluring, sensual personality that makes it nearly impossible to put the glass down. This is an especially fine bottle of the 1990 and a real thrill to drink. It simply does not get too much better than this. Readers lucky enough to own well-stored bottles can look forward to another 15-20 years of pure pleasure. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2015)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Tasted at Christies’ “Kings of the Rhone” tasting in London. The nose on this bottle is more subdued than I remember. Dark broody wild strawberry, raspberry and a touch of liquorice, white pepper sprinkled on top but it does not sprint out of the block. The palate is powerful and supple on the entry, fresh and succulent with great concentration, although it does not have the dimension not of ambitious of the La Chapelle 1990 tasted alongside. Give this a few more years to demonstrate exactly what it can do. (NM) Inner quote mark (11/2011)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Ruby-red. Sauvage yet extremely youthful aromas of dark berries, leather, minerals and spices; some high tones quickly dissipated with aeration. Huge, thick, extravagantly rich Hermitage; harmonious even if it still closed in the middle. Extremely unevolved dark berry flavors and a deep core of spice are complicated by notes of wild game and roasted plum. Extraordinary combination of power and finesse. Finishes with explosive length and big, thoroughly ripe tannins. (ST) 96+ Inner quote mark (8/1999)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Pale lustrous ruby - slightly bluer than the Chapoutier Sizeranne 1990 - but very nuanced towards the rim. Very savoury and intense on the nose. Rich essence of northern Rhône Syrah. Transparent and very fine. More sweetness on the finish than on the Sizeranne - wonderfully long. But the tannins are only perceptible on the very finish. Really lively and actually this is lightening up. 18.5/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (12/2010)

K&L Notes

99 points Robert Parker for Wine Advocate: "The 1990 is spectacular. Drink through 2040." (04/2002)


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