This opened with some apparent mustiness, but this was mixed up with stemmy whole-bunch fermented notes and it was difficult to say whether it was corked or not. Increasingly rose petal perfumed as it aired. It's tremendously complex and wonderfully supple, textured and refined on the palate. If there is TCA, it has not harmed the palate - which is delightful. Light to medium-bodied, refined and seamless, with silky texture and immaculate balance. But for the spiciness, it could easily be an old Burgundy. In the final analysis: a great wine, fully mature
Drink: 2018 to 2018
99 Points Robert Parker
When I arrived at 6:00 p.m., September 11, 2001, at Domaine Chave, I found Chave in tears and his family distraught. I had heard about the attacks on the World Trade Center, but not the subsequent collapse of both towers. Gerard Chave knows all about suicidal bombers, having served in the French military during the Algerian revolution. It took a long time to gather sufficient focus to do my tastings. However, the brilliant wines that unfolded in the cellars were, at least for several hours, a much needed antidote for pushing to the back of my mind the horror of 9-11-01. Drink 2005 - 2040.
Source: Robert Parker.
98 Points Robert Parker
Also mature, yet with another level of texture and richness, the 1990 Hermitage is a profound effort that’s drinking perfectly. Voluptuous, yet classy and still refined, with awesome cassis and blackberry fruit, flowers, rose petal and hints of rendered bacon fat, it is full-bodied, textured and layered on the palate, with no hard edges and killer length on the finish. This beauty makes lights go off in my head, and as with the ’91, I’d drink bottles over the coming 4-5 years or so.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Jeb Dunnuck. August, 2014