The mastery of blending by Jean-Louis Chave creates some of the finest wine from the Hermitage region with remarkable consistency! This Hermitage Rouge is 100% Syrah sourced from some of the best plots available, and handled with traditional techniques. Fully mature, but definitely has a few more years left in the bottle! Enjoy!
The Chave family is one of the oldest winegrowing families in the world; each bottle label bears the inscription 'Vignerons de Pere en Fils depuis 1481'. This is certainly true, as they were cultivating vines in the area now known as St-Joseph in the fifteenth century before moving south into the Rhone Valley in the nineteenth century during the Phylloxera crisis and begin growing vines in the Hermitage appellation. Their original cellars in the village of Mauves are still in use today. Jean-Louis's father is responsible for extending the estate boundries to the current 14.5ha in Hermitage. Ten are planted to Syrah for two Hermitage Rouge cuvees and the remainder are planted to 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne for the Hermitage Blanc.
Jean-Louis Chave himself started working the domaine with his father in 1992, having completed a degree in oenology at the University of California, Davis after an MBA. He places his focus on the quality of the grapes and has two thirds of the vines treated by hand, then his mastery of blending creates excellence in the final wines. A personal hobby is the rejuvenation of the former Chave vineyards in St-Joseph.
Pale lustrous ruby - slightly bluer than the Chapoutier Sizeranne 1990 - but very nuanced towards the rim. Very savoury and intense on the nose. Rich essence of northern Rhône Syrah. Transparent and very fine. More sweetness on the finish than on the Sizeranne - wonderfully long. But the tannins are only perceptible on the very finish. Really lively and actually this is lightening up. Ready to drink, I'd say, to judge from this bottle.
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.
Spicy, fresh, pure, full bodied, rich, long and pure. The wine is decadent, yet intellectual. Powerful, regal, long and character driven, this is really in a great place for current drinking.
Chave’s 1990 Hermitage is simply magnificent from the moment it is poured. A dark, translucent ruby, the 1990 hits the palate with a rush of bold red-fleshed fruits. Hints of herb, smoke, cedar, dried flowers, tobacco and leather open up with time in the glass, but above all else, the 1990 is superbly polished and silky, with exceptional balance and an alluring, sensual personality that makes it nearly impossible to put the glass down. This is an especially fine bottle of the 1990 and a real thrill to drink. It simply does not get too much better than this. Readers lucky enough to own well-stored bottles can look forward to another 15-20 years of pure pleasure.
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