1992 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage (12/14/2011)
Gently opened and found the cork in excellent shape. The color was quite advanced. Bricking and browning. The nose showed a myriad of scents even on the first pop of the bottle. Savory notes, herbs, brine, fruit just too many to put one’s finger on. We did not give this any sort of decant, so it breathed over the night in glasses and then received air in the bottle as it descended. The first sip found it pleasant, but it seemed a bit tired. After around 30 minutes or so as it picked up air, it really started to pick up weight and focus. The nose really zeroed in on briny olive characteristics and the palate showed some figgy flavors and a lovely meaty component. The structure has definitely integrated and this bottle was ready to go, but it really woke up beautifully with air.
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