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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
Rhone Chave JL 1990 Hermitage Blanc 3 Bottle 75cl £300
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    1996 - 2015

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 1997

    Source

    Rhone Book, The Wine Advocate

    This bold, rich, powerful wine exhibits a floral, honeyed, apricot, fig, and roasted nut-scented nose. It has considerable size, as well as copious fat and fruit. Still approachable, this full-bodied, rich wine is a candidate for several decades of cellaring. It had not begun to close up when last tasted. Anticipated maturity: now-2015. Last tasted 8/96.

Tasting Notes
92
Rhone Chave JL 1999 Hermitage 1 Bottle 75cl £330£300
  • A brilliant effort, the dense saturated purple-colored 1999 Hermitage had been bottled only 24 hours before my visit. It exhibits fabulous texture, purity and sweetness as well as a finish that lasts for nearly a minute. There is high tannin, remarkably rich, concentrated extract and tell-tale Hermitage fruit characteristics (blackberries, cassis), minerals and spice. Representing the essence of Syrah, it is the greatest vintage Chave has produced since 1990. While it requires 7-10 years of cellaring, it will last for 4-5 decades.

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Chave JL 2004 Hermitage Blanc 6 Bottle 75cl £140
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    $200

    Drink Date

    2007 - 2032

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2007

    Source

    170, The Wine Advocate

    The 2004 Hermitage blanc, which hit 15% natural alcohol, is another superb effort, continuing a succession of totally profound white Hermitages from 2003, 2004, and 2005. As many readers know, this small family producer has been making wine in Hermitage since 1481! The 2004 (about 1000 cases) reveals a light gold color, terrific finesse and elegance in spite of its enormous power, unctuosity, and richness. Of course, it is not as honeyed as the otherworldly 2003 (which hit 16% natural alcohol) but it is an amazingly full-bodied, powerful wine with pervasive honeysuckle, peach liqueur, and nectarine notes intermixed with licorice, quince, and acacia flowers. This is gorgeous wine which should evolve for 20-25 years. I reviewed them last year and gave them perfect scores, but before leaving the cellars, I had the privilege of retasting the 2003 red Hermitage (about 16% natural alcohol) and the 2003 red Hermitage Cuvee Cathelin (2400 bottles produced, and the Chaves aren’t sure whether they will ever release the wine commercially). Both wines exhibited extraordinary richness and possess a singularly profound identity, but I couldn’t swallow them without saluting a lost friend. Steve “The Ho” Verlin, who often visited Chave with me, tragically passed away a year ago at a very young age. Among all the great wines he loved, bought, drank, and celebrated, some of his favorites were the wines of Chave. We had tasted the 2003s here together when they were infants, and again when they were in bottle, utterly perfect. I like to think Steve was here in spirit, enjoying the moment and standing next to me and the Chaves. Here’s to you, Steve! People still obsess about the red wines of Chave, but of course his whites are spectacular as well, and as I have always said, one of the most educational stops on my trips is tasting through the different cuvees that emerge from separate sites on the hills of Hermitage.  

Tasting Notes
95
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