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.
More in the style of the ’01, the 1999 Hermitage is a serious effort that gives up a mineral-drenched profile of red and blackcurrants, beef blood, iron and dried flowers. More forward on the nose than the palate, with a tight, yet seamless texture that carries ample concentration and length, with bright acidity, it should continue to shine for another decade.
The 1999 Hermitage is huge, with a deep, enveloping core of dark red and black fruit, smoke, tobacco and cured meats. Wild overtones run through the finish. Today the 1999 does not appear to be an especially refined Hermitage, but at the same time, I would be tempted to cellar bottles for a few years, as the density of the fruit is almost overpowering, especially next to some of the more polished wines that follow.
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