2013 & 2012 Hermitage from J.L. Chave

17 May 2013 & 2012 Hermitage from J.L. Chave

’12 & ’13 Chave Hermitage

There is little doubt that a discussion of the greatest winemakers in the world would include Jean Louis Chave. The history at this estate is without peer, having traced their roots as a winery back to 1481. The Chaves have always insisted on representing the hillside of Hermitage as a whole, blending the various Lieu Dits to express the vintage as a entire sense of the place.

2013 J.L. Chave Hermitage Rougechave hermitage red
On Sale $239.99 750mL, $489.99 1.5L, $1149.99 3L
Still in barrel at the time of this tasting, the 2013 Hermitage will certainly be one of the wines of the vintage. Offering classic, granite-induced notes of smoked dark fruits, graphite, searing minerality and bouquet garni, this sensational Hermitage has medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful mid-palate density and building tannin, all with the freshness and purity of the vintage. Reminiscent of a more backwards, tight, focused and granite-driven year (I asked Jean-Louis if there was a similar vintage he could recall, he commented that he couldn’t think of one), it has solid ripeness in its aromas and flavors, good sweetness in its tannin, and a great finish. I suspect it will need 7-8 years of cellaring and keep for 20-25 years or more.
94-97 Points, The Wine Advocate

2013 J.L. Chave Hermitage Blanc
On Sale $239.99
Chave’s 2013 Hermitage Blanc had just been bottled prior to my visit. Always 80% to 85% Marsanne and the rest Roussanne, from the lieux-dits of Rocoules, Peleat, L’Hermite and Maison Blanche, it’s raised primarily in barrels with a small percentage new. Loaded with notions of buttered citrus, white currants, liquid rock, white flowers and hints of honeysuckle, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, beautiful freshness and purity, and a focused, clean, elegant profile that keeps you coming back to the glass. It lacks the sheer wealth of material found in blockbuster years like 2009 and 2003, yet is perfectly balanced, has loads of richness and a great finish. Give it a year or two and enjoy bottles over the following two decades.
97 Points, The Wine Advocate

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2012 J.L. Chave Hermitage Blanc
On Sale $239.99
Open, fleshy and sexy, the… coming from l’Ermite, Les Rocoules, Maison Blanche and Peleat lieux-dits, it’s always a rough blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne that’s aged in barrel. Loaded with notions of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, powered rock, buttered citrus and green almond, it’s full-bodied, rich, upfront and fruit loaded. While I think it will be a relatively accessible early in its life, it has the concentration to hold for two decades.
96 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 J.L. Chave Hermitage Rouge
On Sale $239.99
One of the more charming and forward efforts from Chave, the 2012 Hermitage sports a mostly opaque purple color to go with classic creme de cassis and blackberry fruits intermixed with notions of lead pencil shavings, violets and powdered rocks. Deep, full-bodied and sumptuously textured, with good freshness, this pure, elegant Hermitage shows more and more definition and cut with time in the glass, but never loses it’s more fruit forward, charming profile. I suspect it will drink nicely for most of its life.
96 Points, The Wine Advocate

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