Hermitage 1988 J-L Chave
12/96. Bought in auction May-96 for $61 (imported from Chicago for $76 net).
Friday night dinner: chopped liver, steak tartare with creamed potatoes,
COLOR: Dark blackish-red, typical Rhone color.
NOSE: Good fruit with, 'hottish', black-pepper nuances. Very pleasant aroma
though not (yet?) bursting of the glass.
TASTE: Pretty young on the palate. Tannins and acidity strongly felt besides
the tasty flavors. A bit subdued or perhaps more delicate than say Jaboulet
"La Chapelle". Excellent but no doubt still too young.
LENGTH: Good but acidity-dominated aftertaste.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: As far as Hermitage go this is a mid-weight wine. Far yet
from being mature. The wine exhibits richness in every respect, though not
yet harmonized and rounded. A bit too acidic for perfect balance.
OVERALL: Superb now but only hinting at its great potential. Needs about 5
years to get there.
MARK: 18/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.
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