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Domaine Chave Jean-Louis

Rhône wine Domaine Chave Jean-Louis Hermitage
Domaine J-L Chave
Hermitage
Blanc
2003 
Notations : 
  • Robert Parker : 96 points
  • Wine Spectator : 97 points
180.00 €
Quantity 
White wine
0,75 L
CARD-INDEX OF CELLAR
Area : Vallée du Rhône
Name : Hermitage
Type : White wine
Grape variety : Marsanne, Roussane
Structure : Complex, Deep, Dense, Length, Powerful, Rich
Families of flavor : Citrus fruits, Exotic fruits, Flowers, Minerals, Spices, Truffe
Conservation : A boire jusqu'en 2020 et plus
Temperature of service : 16-17°
Mets/Wines agreements : Coquilles St-Jacques marinées, Homard à la parisienne, St-Jacques sur lit de poireaux
Capacity : Bottle (0,75 L)
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Description :

Although the amazing 2003 Hermitage blanc possesses 16.5% finished alcohol, it is well-delineated and fresh. The light gold color is followed by beautiful notes of rose petals, honeysuckle, white currants, wax, orange marmalade, and an intense liqueur of stone that is only found in the greatest white Hermitages, Montrachets

Domaine Chave Jean-Louis

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage  

The Chave family are based in a small village not far from Cornas, on the right bank of the Rhone. The heart of the operation, however, is across the river, on the hill of Hermitage. Here Chave owns vines in nine of the eighteen vineyards that cover the hill, the most significant of which is a 2 ha plot in Les Bessards, the large vineyard on the granite slopes at the western end.

Jean Louis Chave, and his father from whom he is gradually taking control, believes that the rich variety of terroirs to be found on the hill are vital in blending a wine which has all of the features they desire, including finesse, structure and complexity. Those plots which do not meet the Chave requirements simply aren’t used.

The grapes are largely destemmed, depending on the vintage, before the produce of each vineyard is vinified in separate aliquots. This reflects Chave’s belief in the importance of terroir, and that each vineyard has a separate role to play in the blend. As mentioned, Les Roucoles provides tannin, whereas Les Bessards provides colour and intensity, Le Méal provides aromatic interest, L’Hermite a supple edge and Peléat more colour, tannin and characterful flavour.

There are a couple of other wines in the portfolio which deserve a mention. There is Cuvée Cathelin, named after the artist Bernard Cathelin, a friend of the Chave family who designed the label for this wine which was first released in 1990. This wine has a limited production, just over 100 cases in fact, and is essentially a super micro-cuvée. Chave is quick to explain, however, that it is Hermitage wine in a different style, rather than a wine that should detract from the main cuvée. A vin de paille has also been the subject of critical acclaim. Whatever the style, however, Jean Louis Chave is clearly keeping quality paramount. This remains a source of superb Hermitage, both red and white.  

  Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

 

Notes de dégustation

Robert Parker : 96 points
"Although the amazing 2003 Hermitage blanc possesses 16.5% finished alcohol, it is well-delineated and fresh. The light gold color is followed by beautiful notes of rose petals, honeysuckle, white currants, wax, orange marmalade, and an intense liqueur of stone that is only found in the greatest white Hermitages, Montrachets, and Meursault-Perrieres. Occasionally, some Alsatian wines will reveal this gout de petrol-like taste. Huge and rich, according to Gerard Chave, it may represent a modern day clone of what the “1929 Hermitage Blanc” (which is still a great wine) resembled when it was young. This is a “must have” dry white." (2006)

Wine Spectator : 97 points
"Offers remarkable focus and purity for the vintage, with streamlined macadamia nut, acacia flower, blanched almond and white peach flavors backed by fine minerality. Long, pure finish just sails on. Drink now through 2026." (2006)

Stephen Tanzer : 97 points

Bettane et Desseauve : 18/20

 


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