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Domaine Chave Jean-Louis

Rhône wine Domaine Chave Jean-Louis Hermitage
Domaine J-L Chave
Hermitage
Blanc
2014 
Notations : 
  • Robert Parker : 95 points
  • Stephen Tanzer : 95-96 points
180.00 €
Box Gift 190.00 € 
Quantity 
White wine
0,75 L
CARD-INDEX OF CELLAR
Area : Vallée du Rhône
Name : Hermitage
Type : White wine
Grape variety : Marsanne, Roussane
Structure : Ample, Complex, Consistent, Deep, Dense, Length, Rich, Suave
Families of flavor : Citrus fruits, Dried fruits, Flowers, Honey, Spices
Conservation : A boire jusqu'en 2025
Temperature of service : 10-12°
Mets/Wines agreements : Darne de saumon pochée, Risotto aux fruits de mer, Saint-Jacques aux cèpes
Capacity : Bottle (0,75 L)
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Description :
God bless him for that and there are few whites I'd rather drink than a mature Hermitage Blanc from this genius winemaker. Jean-Louis called 2014 a good year for the whites, and his 2014 Hermitage Blanc had just been bottled a month prior to my tasting. It has terrific minerality as well as classic stone fruits

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 : 95 points
"Chave continues to make a full-throttle, concentrated and unctuous Hermitage Blanc, and refuses to buy into the ridiculous trend toward making Sauvignon Blanc-like whites from this tiny, magical terroir. God bless him for that and there are few whites I’d rather drink than a mature Hermitage Blanc from this genius winemaker. Jean-Louis called 2014 a good year for the whites, and his 2014 Hermitage Blanc had just been bottled a month prior to my tasting. It has terrific minerality as well as classic stone fruits, buttered citrus, honeysuckle and crushed rock, full-bodied richness and an elegant, fresh, pure style. It will have two decades of longevity."

Stephen Tanzer : 95-96 points
"Tasted in components: #1, from Peleat: Vibrant and minerally, displaying superb clarity and lift. Tastes like a very serious Grand Cru white Burgundy, with vibrant citrus and orchard fruit character and a suave blend of power and finesse. #2, from Rocoules: More pit fruit and deeper and smokier in style, with emerging hints of sweet butter and iodine. #3, a blend of Rocoules and l’Ermite: Taut, focused and pure, offering densely packed orange and pear flavors and a sexy floral nuance. Rich yet nervy was well, displaying excellent closing thrust. The ultimate wine should be a great cellar candidate, possessing the richness of fruit to give some early appeal but the depth, structure and balance to age effortlessly,

 

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