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Domaine Jean Louis Chave Hermitage 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Beefy, hay, dry grass, farm, meadow, black pepper all contribute to a very complex nose that takes on a feminine, perfumy aspect. This is precise is precise focused and perfectly balanced. The fruit is lovely red raspberry toned with a hint of astringency coming from the fruit tannin. The wine evolves quickly in the glass revealing wonderfully complex tones that accompany the transparency of the fruit. This has real cut on the palate that gives it great inner mouth tension. Superb Syrah at this price point 91pts http://assets.snooth.com/swf/100222-chave-st-joseph.swf

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Domaine Jean-Louis Chave:
The Chave family have been involved in wine making in the northern Rhone valley since 1481. Jean-Louis Chave is the current boss and an exponent of organic viticulture.The Domaine is mainly in Hermitage but also operates as a negociant in other AOC's although he has bought some plots inb Saint-Joseph.

Editorial Reviews for Domaine Jean Louis Chave Hermitage

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 03/11/2010

Beefy, hay, dry grass, farm, meadow, black pepper all contribute to a very complex nose that takes on a feminine, perfumy aspect. This is precise is precise focused and perfectly balanced. The fruit is lovely red raspberry toned with a hint of astringency coming from the fruit tannin. The wine evolves quickly in the glass revealing wonderfully complex tones that accompany the transparency of the fruit. This has real cut on the palate that gives it great inner mouth tension. Superb Syrah at this price point 91pts http://assets.snooth.com/swf/100222-chave-st-joseph.swf


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 1996 09/22/2008

Whoa, this explodes from the bottle the moment i open it with intense bacon, roast meats and black pepper. We get to this at the end of dinner, served just before the cheese course and by the time the nose has added notes of granite, oolong tea, nilla wafer, ash, dill, and smoked meats. The intensity and purity as well as the complexity in the mouth are fantastic with rich, smoky fruits in classic medium bodied mouthfeel that cannot restrain the flavors, vibrant acidity yet not out of balance coupled with lovely gentle tanins, juicy black raspberry fruit turning a bit more blackberry with time and conveying a sense of bloody, iron richness, the finish is long and retains the fruit of the midpalate with spicy and roasted herbal notes. Compelling stuff and in the context of Chave a steal. For me at least the acidity while high is in balance and the wine closing in on peak drinking. Bravo.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 1996 12/29/2008

Richly aromatic from the moment this is opened offering up an array of gamy tones to the earthy, blackberry fruit. Integrated in the mouth with the acidity seemingly quite tame in comparison to other bottles. On the cusp of maturity with a rich core of black raspberry and dried cranberry fruit and the acidity pops out a bit on the back end. A very fine, focused wine that lacks the richness of better years but is wonderful when considered on it's own merits. 92pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 1996 02/22/2012

Super fine, subtle game and herb notes, smoky dried beef, limestone dust, stem and smoke, like a pillow around my head. Bright and finely balanced, this is so elegant with great inner mouth energy. This is layered and bright, showing raspberry, light rare beef and spicy floral tones on a palate. Shows nice flesh growing to frame the acid. Lovely growing finish with real vinosity, yes this feels like real wine! 93pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 1989 11/07/2008

This is very animale and agressively smokey in the glass with a core of black earthy fruit lurking underneath. Slowly notes of parsley root and a deeply imbedded green streak emerge from the dense cocoa tinged core. Offering excellent integration on the palate, this is a smaller scaled Chave more in line with vintages like 1995 and 1985 than some of the better endowed years. The mineral note that appears on entry drapes across the palate and offers contrast to the dried strawberry fruit that gains sweetness with air. Lovely and faceted if low amplitude at this point, the fruit has a mouthwatering stoniness to it and a lovely suggestion of gingerbread emerges with time. This could use another 3-5 years to really peak but has begun to show well already 92pts


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Snooth User: Rodolphe Boulanger
63471,872
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 01/27/2009

A clear deep opaque purple colored wine with a purple rim - little variation between rim and core. A medium+ viscosity wine with stained tears that point to a wine made from grapes with thick skins and/or a hot climate. A clean medium intensity youthful nose with aromas of raspberry, blackberry, tobacco, earth, wet leaf, meat, black pepper and a touch of oak. A dry wine with medium+ acidity, medium+ body, medium+ alcohol, medium+ tannins, medium+ intensity blackberry, meat, leather, cherry herb, smoke and black pepper flavors. A textured wine with medium+ length. This young medium complexity wine has balance and a medium+ length. Good quality ready to drink now (or over the next 5 years) thanks to its well-integrated tannins. A Cotes du Rhone with plenty of Syrah


Snooth User: Iboboy
11123144
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 05/19/2010

I love Chave's wine - both the St Joseph and the Mon Coeur Cotes du Rhone are excellent, lovely bouquet and smooth. And, they're 1/10 the price of his Hermitage (at least up here in Vancouver).


Snooth User: rcscgrhpx
78329401
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 01/25/2009

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: ryanopaz
278311,619
5.00 5
Vintage: 2001 08/18/2008

Perfectly, well perfect. A wine with a long life ahead of itself, and one that will not disappoint any Rhone lover.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549198,230
4.50 5
Vintage: 1996 02/25/2012

The nose showed sweet floral notes, black tea, stony minerals, earth, black pepper and a hint of parchment. On the palate, it was velvety and savory with excellent balance showing sour berries, black soil, bell pepper and leather. The finish was beautifully smooth and lasting.


Snooth User: Kate Statton
8538361,080
4.00 5
Vintage: 1996 02/22/2012

Like a new car on the savory nose - leathery with a hint of gasoline and that unidentified yet super recognizable new car smell. Smoother in mouth. A little fruit and some stronger savory notes. Olive? Rubber? Tasty but hard to place.


Snooth User: Aaron Fili
54065517
0.00 5
Vintage: 1996 02/24/2012

Huge, floral nose. Stoney and green. Light bodied, high acid, heavyish tannins. A little elusive for me. May have wanted food.


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External Reviews for Domaine Jean Louis Chave Hermitage

External Review
Vintage: 2006 04/21/2009

One of the oldest and most respected names in French wine, Chave continually garners high praise for the excellent Northern Rhone wines it produces. Founded in 1481, and passed from father to son ever since, the domaine is now headed by young Jean-Louis Chave, a graduate of UC Davis' prestigious oenology program. Chave owns vines in 9 of the 18 vineyards that cover the Hermitage hillside. Keenly aware of the different dynamics fruit from different parcels can have, Jean-Louis pays close attention to the terroir-influences when selecting fruit for this, his top cuvee. He uses little to no oak on his wines, believing that the innate character of the fruit is what makes a truly great wine. In this vein, he intervenes with filtering or fining minimally, if at all. The 2006 Rouge is a masterful wine, close but with years to improve. Deep and complex, with supple tannins and fine structure.


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Vintage: 2001 05/19/2011

Tasting through the component parts of the 2001 Hermitage reveals what should be an outstanding wine with a Burgundian-like finesse. The most elegant component emanates from Les Beaumes and Pelia, and the denser, thicker wines from Meal, l'Ermite, and Bessards. The wine will possess a dense ruby/purple color in addition to plenty of sweet cassis fruit, medium body, noticeably high tannin, and gorgeous purity as well as symmetry. It will be built along the lines of the 1996 rather than the 2000 or 1999.


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Vintage: 2001 05/19/2011

A brute right now, with a wall of bacony, coffee-tinged toast separating you from the core of blackberry and raspberry fruit. Great richness and texture, though, with notes of tar, minerals, saddle leather and cocoa rippling through the finish. Mouthwatering acidity balances it all out. Best from 2007 through 2020.


External Review
Vintage: 2001 05/19/2011

Rich and ripe, full-bodied, with great sweet fruit character. Lovely, thick, attractive (almost like a dessert wine), with mineral but also plum character, blackberries, fresh figs, smoke and toasted notes. Kicks in with good intensity on the finish. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
Vintage: 2001 05/19/2011

Chave's 2000 Hermitage is a strong candidate for the wine of the vintage. The brutal crop thinning as well as selection process in the cellars has resulted in a wine that transcends the vintage's character. Most 2000 northern Rhones reveal flavor superficiality because of excessive yields, which caused a lack of depth as well as concentration (in spite of the fact that they are charming, ripe, and low in acidity). Chave's 2000 Hermitage is a tour de force. Tasting through the component parts is a lesson in the differences in Hermitage's terroirs. Moreover, the blend is always better than its individual parts. This profound Hermitage boasts a saturated blue/black/purple color as well as gorgeous aromas of liquid minerality intermixed with creme de cassis and graphite. It is full-bodied, with low acidity, high tannin, and sensational extract and length. This is a fabulous Hermitage that combines extraordinary power, flesh, and succulence with remarkable freshness and delineation. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2040.


External Review
Vintage: 2001 05/19/2011

The 1998 Hermitage is the greatest wine produced at Chave since their 1990. That's saying something given how exquisite both cuvées of 1995 and 1991 turned out. Every cuvee of 1998 Hermitage - Peleat, L'Ermite, Meal, Rocoules, Les Beaumes, and Les Bessards - was tiping the scales in the mid-ninety point range. It is a large-scaled, dense purple-colored Hermitage with sweet tannin, fabulous concentration, and superb power and length. It will require 5-10 years of cellaring, and will keep for three decades or more. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2030. Think of it as a 1995, but with sweeter tannin and slightly lower acidity. As a postscript, I fully expect the Chaves to cull out a portion of this wine for their luxury cuvée called Cathelin, previously produced only in 1995, 1991 and 1990.


External Review
Vintage: 2001 05/19/2011

The dense, saturated, purple-colored 1999 Hermitage had been bottled only 24 hours before my visit. It is a brilliant effort. The wine exhibits fabulous texture, purity, and sweetness as well as a finish that lasts for nearly a minute. There is high tannin, remarkably rich, concentrated extract, and tell-tale Hermitage fruit characteristics (blackberries, cassis), minerals, and spice. This is the greatest vintage Chave has produced since 1990. While it requires 7-10 years of cellaring, it will last for 4-5 decades.


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