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The Chave family is the epitome of People, Place and Time. They have been vignerons in the Rhône valley since 1481, passing the torch from father to son for an astonishing 16 generations. Originally the family farmed only in St. Joseph and moved to Hermitage about a century ago when phylloxera swept through the region. Today their Hermitage Rouge and Hermitage Blanc are generally regarded as the appellation's greatest wines. In recent years Jean Louis has begun the painstaking process of...
Grapes are sourced from vineyards in the communes of Mauves, St-Jean-de-Muzols, Lemps, and Tournon - where the oldest vines in Saint-Joseph are planted, with some dating to the early 1900s.
The grapes are fermented at the estate using indigenous yeasts in barrels and stainless steel tanks, then aged for 15-18 months in French oak barriques.
- 95 Points -
Alluring, with black tea and singed alder hints curling around a core of gently steeped black cherry and blackberry flavors. The very silky and refined structure carries the fruit through a beguiling finish, while olive, sanguine, iron and savory hints peek in. This expands steadily with time in the glass, boding well for cellaring. Best from 2022 through 2035.See detailed press review
- (95-96) POINTS -
Super floral. Violets, fragrant and fine-ground white peppers, dark plums and black stones, spices and dark chocolate notes too. The palate has finesse, detail, power and impressive balance. There’s a plump red-fruited core that is really muscular. Expansive body building to an astutely balanced and elegant finish. Graphite to close. Brilliant. Barrel sample.See detailed press review