Jean Louis Chave Hermitage
Price: $512.50 excl. GST
- Tasting Notes
Chave’s 2016 Hermitage isn’t the most intense or biggest wine this estate has produced, but it’s a wonderfully charming, approachable effort from a vintage where quantities were halved by hail damage. Perfumed and spicy, with notes of black olives and black cherries, it’s full-bodied, cuddly-soft and velvety in texture, with a long, harmonious finish. I expect it will firm up a little over the next year or two in bottle, but it’s delicious now and should mature gracefully for at least 15 years, probably longer.
– Joe Czerwinski, Robertparker.com, Score: 96+
Youthful purple. Assertive aromas of black raspberry, cherry and violet develop olive and mocha nuances with air. Juicy, focused and appealingly sweet, offering intense red and blue fruit flavors that become deeper and spicier as the wine opens up. The floral note repeats strongly on the impressively long, focused finish, which features velvety tannins and a touch of candied licorice.
– Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com, Score: 93
Very floral and just settling in with fresh red cherries and blackberries that have real freshness and definition. Great energy here. Very upright and elegantly focused. Dark chocolate and licorice to close. You feel the granite profoundly here. Try around 2028.
– James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com, Score: 98
Youthfully tight, this features a cloak of tarry-edged tannins draped over a core of well-steeped red and black currant and blackberry fruit. Long and driven, with notes of humus, black tea, singed alder and tobacco leaf streaming alongside the fruit from start to finish, this ends with a hint of smoldering cast iron. Reserved in style overall, showing serious latent length and cut, this should cruise and blossom in the cellar. Best from 2024 through 2040. 103 cases imported.
– James Molesworth, Winespectator.com, Score: 97