Hermitage 1978 J-L Chave
2/97. Bought in auction Sep-96 for $190 (imported from Chicago for $216
The wine accompanied Friday's night dinner consisted of asparagus sauteed in
butter, chestnut soup, roasted goose.
About three years ago I paid a little less for the same wine at the
world-renowned Taillevant restaurant in Paris... In any event, the most
expensive wine I have ever bought and drank (I have a few even more
expensive bottles none of which yet tasted).
COLOR: Dark red with no signs of browning or even clearing towards the rim.
Not jet-black as some young Rhones are, but nothing to indicate this is
almost a 20-years-old wine.
NOSE: One word can be associated with all aspects of this wine - velvet.
Terrific! Deep, complex, fruity and spicy. Some bottle stench took about 20
min to clear and leave the most elegant and enticing nose.
TASTE: Silky, concentrated, mouthful wine. Matured red fruit, vigorous and
delicate at the same time. Good acidity and soft tannins add structure and
balance. Pure nectar!
LENGTH: Extremely long, never ending, ever-exploding aftertaste.
Unbelievable 'Peacock Tail' effect if I ever experienced one.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Full bodied yet extremely elegant. Fruit, acidity, soft
tannins, 'winyness' - all combine to produce a perfectly balanced wine.
OVERALL: Extraordinary+! Perhaps not a candidate for 'The Best Value', but
certainly one of the best wines in the world.
MARK: 19+/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Maybe.
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Jacob "Yak" Shaya.