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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...
- 98 Points -
The 2013 Hermitage is a beautifully expressive Syrah, which comes from a combination of seven plots, which are all dense with granite soils. These mineral characteristics are evident in this beautifully made, terroir driven wine from Domaine Jean-Louis Chave. As this begins to open it releases gorgeous aromas of blackberries and plums, followed by spices, pepper, smoke, fresh floral, leather and of course the graphite minerality. On the palate this is beautifully balanced and focused, with a gorgeous texture and a wonderful mineral laced core, which expands seamlessly into the long lingering finish. Today, this already offers some early appeal, however Chave’s Hermitage are known to age with the best, and I only expect to the take on a new personality as it evolves over the next few decades. (Best 2020-2035)See detailed press review
- 95 Points -
Solidly built, with a bolt of charcoal through the core of dark cherry, plum and blackberry preserves. Lots of bay, sage and leather fill in the background.See detailed press review
- (96-97) -
(this wine is the final blend and was resting in holding tanks in preparation for bottling, "probably in March," according to Chave): Inky ruby. Vibrant black and blue fruit aromas are complicated by suggestions of candied flowers, incense and licorice, and a bright mineral nuance adds lift. Sweet, fleshy and focused, offering palate-staining cherry compote, black raspberry and violet pastille flavors accented by smoky Indian spices and a hint of cracked pepper. Shows impressive depth but comes off surprisingly lithe, finishing with superb focus and length and fine-grained tannins that sneak in slowly.See detailed press review