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Yann Chave, Hermitage, 2012
Very deep, inky purple. Intensely black-fruited, fresh cassis flavours vieing with more baked fruit. Really well-textured, velvety, with fine-grained tannins. Quite Pinot Noir-like this vintage - elegant and refined. If you order six you get a nice wooden box, perfect for keeping. At best: 2016-2023
The inky colored 2012 Hermitage competes with the 2009 and 2010 (and frankly, tastes like a hypothetical blend of the two) in terms of quality. Possessing terrific notes of crème de cassis, vanilla bean, toasted spice and classic Hermitage powdered-rock-like minerality, it’s medium to full-bodied, concentrated and textured, with building tannin and vibrant acidity that emerges on the finish. It shows textbook Hermitage character and will drink nicely for 10-15 years. 93 points. Jeb Dunnock, The Wine Advocate, December 2014.
“***** dark red; really open, willing bouquet - it bears plentiful black berry fruit, is lightly fragrant, possesses a sunny heart of mild sweetness. This is attractive, rather delicate Hermitage, en finesse: it has a scented-mineral spine, the berry fruit agreeable in the early stages. The gradual tightening works well, the tannins having a steady handshake. There are fine mineral-acidity late moments. Quiet class. This is a flattering, more early style Hermitage. From late 2015”, John Livingstone-Learmonth, www.drinkrhône.com