Jean-Louis Chave

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave is often called the “Pope of Hermitage”. From the tiny village of Mauves, just south of Hermitage in the norther Rhône, Chave’s traditionally made wine is the “top of the hierarchy” (Jeb Dunnuck) in Heritage. The Chave family owns plots in all 7 of the lieux-dits (special plots) on the famous Hermitage hill (see image below), which enables them to produce wines of stunning complexity and finesse.
Domaine Chave was founded in 1481. It has been blessed with an “incredible succession of talented vignerons” (Jeb Dunnuck) through the ages. Gérard Chave ran the estate until Gérard before slowly handing over to son Jean-Louis Chave. This is a traditional estate which keeps an eye on the future (a recently completed new cellar includes a state-of-the-art lab). Vinification is in three large oak upright casks. Aging is in small French oak barrels with the amount of new oak falling in the 20-30% range. The wines are then blended in tank and bottled without being filtered. If needed, the wines can see a light egg-white fining before bottling.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1981 (1x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £492.28
1981

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1981 (1x75cl)
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 3 Nov 2021

Rhone 1x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £492.28
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1989 (1x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £937.48
1989

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1989 (1x75cl)
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 3 Nov 2021

Rhone 1x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £937.48
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2003 (5x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £10,548.38
2003

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2003 (5x150cl)
As per photos - US labels Delivery to Storage from 3 Nov 2021

Rhone 5x150cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £10,548.38
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2003 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £4,431.60
2003

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2003 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 3 Nov 2021

Rhone 6x75cl 2 - Inc. VAT: £4,431.60
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2016 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,996.80
2016

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2016 (6x75cl)

Vinous (97)

Inky ruby. Highly precise, mineral-accented black/blue fruit, exotic spice, olive paste and incense aromas pick up hints of smokiness and candied licorice as the wine opens up. Seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering urgent blueberry, cherry preserve, spicecake and floral pastille flavors and a strong jolt of smoky minerality. Deepens steadily on the strikingly long, penetrating finish, which features smooth, interwoven tannins and resonating florality.
DP/Non-OC sold as per images Delivery to Storage from 3 Nov 2021

Rhone 6x75cl 1 97 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,996.80
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2017 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,048.87
2017

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2017 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (96-99)

Not yet bottled, the 2017 Hermitage shows a much sunnier, more exuberant aromatic profile with loads of cassis, kirsch liqueur, toasted spices, cured meats, and dried earth. These give way to a full-bodied Hermitage that has a stacked mid-palate, loads of sweet fruit, and building tannins, all while holding onto the class, elegance, and purity that’s the hallmark of this incredible estate. This is another wine where I question if it will ever shut down, but certainly the safe money is on giving bottle a good decade in a cool cellar.
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

Rhone 6x75cl 6 96-99 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,048.87
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,530.07
2018

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97-100)

As virtually all of the various components of Chave's 2018 Hermitage were still separate, I've given a rating that reflects the variability I saw when tasting through the barrels and made a guess regarding Jean-Louis's blending sensibilities and available volumes. For example, the Péléat (92 - 94), a pretty, red-fruited element could add freshness but is likely to be a small portion of the blend (if it's even included). More impressive were the lush, mouthfilling Les Beaumes (95 -97) and stony, elegant Le Méal (94 - 96). Lots from L'Ermite (98 - 100) and Les Bessards (98 - 100) will likely make up the bulk of the blend, oozing with liquid stone, intense blueberry and cassis fruit, and possessing firm yet ripe structures.
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

Rhone 6x75cl 4 97-100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,530.07
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1978 (1x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,118.68
1978

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1978 (1x75cl)
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 3 Nov 2021

Rhone 1x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £1,118.68
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1982 (1x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £619.48
1982

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1982 (1x75cl)
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 3 Nov 2021

Rhone 1x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £619.48
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1983 (1x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £517.48
1983

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1983 (1x75cl)
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 3 Nov 2021

Rhone 1x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £517.48
Jean-Louis Chave Saint-Joseph 2017 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £551.27
2017

Jean-Louis Chave Saint-Joseph 2017 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

Rhone 6x75cl 2 - Inc. VAT: £551.27
Jean-Louis Chave Saint-Joseph 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £551.27
2018

Jean-Louis Chave Saint-Joseph 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (93-95)

Still in component parts, the 2018 Saint Joseph should be another winner. The least concentrated, yet still exceptional Chalaix (92 - 94) displayed enticing notes of violets, blueberries and licorice; the Dardouille (93 - 95) was lusher and suppler, loaded with black cherries; and the Bachasson (94 - 96) was the most complex, mixing herbs and licorice with plummy fruit.
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

Rhone 6x75cl 2 93-95 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £551.27
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1981 (1x75cl)
In Bond: £408.00
1981

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1981 (1x75cl)
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 3 Nov 2021

Rhone 1x75cl 1 - In Bond: £408.00
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1989 (1x75cl)
In Bond: £779.00
1989

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1989 (1x75cl)
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 3 Nov 2021

Rhone 1x75cl 1 - In Bond: £779.00
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2003 (5x150cl)
In Bond: £8,768.00
2003

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2003 (5x150cl)
As per photos - US labels Delivery to Storage from 3 Nov 2021

Rhone 5x150cl 1 - In Bond: £8,768.00
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2003 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £3,693.00
2003

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2003 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 3 Nov 2021

Rhone 6x75cl 2 - In Bond: £3,693.00
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,664.00
2016

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2016 (6x75cl)

Vinous (97)

Inky ruby. Highly precise, mineral-accented black/blue fruit, exotic spice, olive paste and incense aromas pick up hints of smokiness and candied licorice as the wine opens up. Seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering urgent blueberry, cherry preserve, spicecake and floral pastille flavors and a strong jolt of smoky minerality. Deepens steadily on the strikingly long, penetrating finish, which features smooth, interwoven tannins and resonating florality.
DP/Non-OC sold as per images Delivery to Storage from 3 Nov 2021

Rhone 6x75cl 1 97 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,664.00
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2017 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,694.00
2017

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2017 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (96-99)

Not yet bottled, the 2017 Hermitage shows a much sunnier, more exuberant aromatic profile with loads of cassis, kirsch liqueur, toasted spices, cured meats, and dried earth. These give way to a full-bodied Hermitage that has a stacked mid-palate, loads of sweet fruit, and building tannins, all while holding onto the class, elegance, and purity that’s the hallmark of this incredible estate. This is another wine where I question if it will ever shut down, but certainly the safe money is on giving bottle a good decade in a cool cellar.
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

Rhone 6x75cl 6 96-99 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,694.00
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £2,095.00
2018

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97-100)

As virtually all of the various components of Chave's 2018 Hermitage were still separate, I've given a rating that reflects the variability I saw when tasting through the barrels and made a guess regarding Jean-Louis's blending sensibilities and available volumes. For example, the Péléat (92 - 94), a pretty, red-fruited element could add freshness but is likely to be a small portion of the blend (if it's even included). More impressive were the lush, mouthfilling Les Beaumes (95 -97) and stony, elegant Le Méal (94 - 96). Lots from L'Ermite (98 - 100) and Les Bessards (98 - 100) will likely make up the bulk of the blend, oozing with liquid stone, intense blueberry and cassis fruit, and possessing firm yet ripe structures.
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

Rhone 6x75cl 4 97-100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,095.00
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1978 (1x75cl)
In Bond: £930.00
1978

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1978 (1x75cl)
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 3 Nov 2021

Rhone 1x75cl 1 - In Bond: £930.00
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1982 (1x75cl)
In Bond: £514.00
1982

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1982 (1x75cl)
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 3 Nov 2021

Rhone 1x75cl 1 - In Bond: £514.00
Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1983 (1x75cl)
In Bond: £429.00
1983

Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1983 (1x75cl)
As per photos Delivery to Storage from 3 Nov 2021

Rhone 1x75cl 1 - In Bond: £429.00
Jean-Louis Chave Saint-Joseph 2017 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £446.00
2017

Jean-Louis Chave Saint-Joseph 2017 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

Rhone 6x75cl 2 - In Bond: £446.00
Jean-Louis Chave Saint-Joseph 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £446.00
2018

Jean-Louis Chave Saint-Joseph 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (93-95)

Still in component parts, the 2018 Saint Joseph should be another winner. The least concentrated, yet still exceptional Chalaix (92 - 94) displayed enticing notes of violets, blueberries and licorice; the Dardouille (93 - 95) was lusher and suppler, loaded with black cherries; and the Bachasson (94 - 96) was the most complex, mixing herbs and licorice with plummy fruit.
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

Rhone 6x75cl 2 93-95 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £446.00

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