Four wines not to be missed....
The Chaves have been growing vines on the famous Hermitage hill for over 500 years. Gérard Chave took over from his father in 1970 and rapidly achieved megastar status due to the extraordinary quality of his wines. The estate is currently under the helm of University of California Davis graduate Jean Louis Chave, although his father Gerard still plays an active role.
The family own 15 hectares of vines on the Hermitage hill and crucially their Hermitage holding is spread across 9 of the 18 climates on the hill (including Les Bessards, the adjacent Le Méal, Les Roucoles, Maison Blanche and the monopoles L'Hermite and Peléat). This means that they can produce a blend which reflects the separate "terroirs" of the climates and is a perfect balance between aromatic complexity, power and finesse.
Today we present the new 2013 releases plus the 2000 Rouge and Blanc direct from the domaine! Stocks are extremely limited - first-in, first-served.
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2013
$425.95 a Bottle
6 bottles available
Wine Advocate - Jeb Dunnuck: Chave's 2013 Hermitage Blanc had just been bottled prior to my visit. Always 80% to 85% Marsanne and the rest Roussanne, from the lieux-dits of Rocoules, Peleat, L'Hermite and Maison Blanche, it's raised primarily in barrels with a small percentage new. Loaded with notions of buttered citrus, white currants, liquid rock, white flowers and hints of honeysuckle, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, beautiful freshness and purity, and a focused, clean, elegant profile that keeps you coming back to the glass. It lacks the sheer wealth of material found in blockbuster years like 2009 and 2003, yet is perfectly balanced, has loads of richness and a great finish. Give it a year or two and enjoy bottles over the following two decades. Drink 2017-2037. 97 Points
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Rouge 2013
$443.95 a Bottle
6 bottles available
Wine Advocate - Jeb Dunnuck: Still in barrel at the time of this tasting, the 2013 Hermitage will certainly be one of the wines of the vintage. Offering classic, granite-induced notes of smoked dark fruits, graphite, searing minerality and bouquet garni, this sensational Hermitage has medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful mid-palate density and building tannin, all with the freshness and purity of the vintage. Reminiscent of a more backwards, tight, focused and granite-driven year (I asked Jean-Louis if there was a similar vintage he could recall, he commented that he couldn't think of one), it has solid ripeness in its aromas and flavors, good sweetness in its tannin, and a great finish. I suspect it will need 7-8 years of cellaring and keep for 20-25 years or more. Drink 2022-2038. 94-
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2000
$453.00 a Bottle
3 bottles available
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: A blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne, the profound 2000 Hermitage blanc boasts a terrific perfume of honeysuckle, white flowers, peaches, citrus and minerals. Displaying an unctuous texture along with tremendous glycerin, richness an depth, it will undoubtedly close down after a few years in the bottle, but for now, it is a spectacularly rich, multidimensional white Hermitage to drink young, then forget about for 5-10 years, after which it will last for 15-20 years.
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Rouge 2000
$474.00 a Bottle
3 bottles available
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
More forward, open and textured, the 2000 Hermitage is an almost promiscuous effort that's just hard to resist. According to Jean-Louis, this wine has never shut down and has always delivered plenty of pleasure. It has classic cassis and blackberry fruit, bacon fat, violets and herbs to go with a full-bodied, layered and seamless, if not voluptuous style on the palate. Drink 2014-2024.
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