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    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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    18 Products

    Prices: In Bond Inc. VAT
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 1991 (2x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £25,210.15
    1991

    Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 1991 (2x75cl)

    Vinous (97)

    I was blown away by Chave’s 1991 Cuvée Cathelin. Still incredibly fresh, this vibrant, opulent wine revealed extraordinary precision and nuance in a full-bodied style. Dark cherries, cassis, earthiness, smoke and graphite all made an appearance in this breathtakingly pure, expressive wine.
    As per photo Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 2x75cl 1 97 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £25,210.15
    Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 1995 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £63,517.67
    1995

    Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 1995 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (97)

    When I arrived at 6:00 p.m., September 11, 2001, at Domaine Chave, I found Chave in tears and his family distraught. I had heard about the attacks on the World Trade Center, but not the subsequent collapse of both towers. Gerard Chave knows all about suicidal bombers, having served in the French military during the Algerian revolution. It took a long time to gather sufficient focus to do my tastings. However, the brilliant wines that unfolded in the cellars were, at least for several hours, a much needed antidote for pushing to the back of my mind the horror of 9-11-01.
    owc Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 1 97 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £63,517.67
    Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 2003 (1x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £11,281.48
    2003

    Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 2003 (1x75cl)

    Vinous (99+)

    Who knows when, if ever, this will be sold, but what the hell. Inky purple. Positively explosive aromas of mulberry, creme de mure, exotic chocolate, musky herbs, pungent flowers and smoky game, with wild potpourri and resin notes. Thick, chewy and almost ridiculously sweet, with the concentration, weight and fruit intensity of a great vintage port, yet with amazing freshness and energy. The finish builds endlessly, deepening and sweetening, and displaying simply remarkable persistence and a clinging raspberry liqueur note. I think I was tasting this the next morning. "I am so happy that I was able to make this wine with my father. If he hadn't been here to watch this it would have been very sad," Jean-Louis concluded.
    OWC as per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 1x75cl 1 99+ (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £11,281.48
    Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 2009 (1x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £9,489.88
    2009

    Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 2009 (1x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    Last year I gave the 2009 Hermitage Cuvee Cathelin a three-digit rating, but it was nice to be able to re-taste it since it is largely impossible to find in the marketplace. Essentially 100% fruit from Les Bessards, this cuvee is only made in vintages where it will not compromise the integrity and quality of their standard Hermitage (although there is nothing standard about it). The Cuvee Cathelin sees more oak than its sibling, enjoys 50-75 years of aging potential, and boasts over-the-top blackberry and cassis fruit notes intertwined with pen ink, spring flower, graphite and subtle vanillin characteristics. It is a brilliant wine that almost defies description given its ethereal complexity allied to massive weight, power and richness. Yet, it never comes across as heavy or overly-extracted. Forget this for another decade and you and your progeny can enjoy it over the following 50-75 years.
    loose Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 1x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £9,489.88
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1982 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £4,320.00
    1982

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1982 (6x75cl)

    Vintage Tastings (94)

    The Chave obviously stood out; its menthol and roasted earth were on full display like a spread peacock's tail. Meaty, animalistic and rich, it was a great Chave.
    Slightly damaged OCC - slight label stain 1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Rhone 6x75cl 1 94 (VT) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £4,320.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1988 (10x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £7,781.18
    1988

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1988 (10x75cl)

    Vinous (98)

    One of my favorite wines of the night, the 1988 Hermitage is simply breathtaking in its beauty and profoundness. Sage, rosemary, sweet tobacco and dried flowers are some of the many notes that lift from the glass in a translucent, weightless, yet wonderfully deep wine. May I have another glass, please? Wow…
    As per photo Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 10x75cl 1 98 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £7,781.18
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2003 (5x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £10,381.58
    2003

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2003 (5x150cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    Chave's 2003 Hermitage, like the most successful Burgundies from that anomalous vintage, somehow retains a sense of mineral freshness that balances this wine's remarkable concentration and massive fruit. Tasted at the domaine, it's even floral and perfumed on the nose, an incredible feat when faced with that summer's implacable heat. Full-bodied, massively rich and decadently creamy in texture, it delivers waves of mixed red and black fruits that avoid any overtly raisiny character, finishing vibrant, peppery and long. Jean-Louis Chave seems increasingly confident at the helm of this legendary domaine. We spent a bit of time discussing the 2018 vintage, which he rates highly. "The wines are not really jammy. They're almost as ripe as 2003, but for some reason the grapes weren't raisiny," he said. "The vines never really stopped. In mid-August, we had 40 millimeters of rain—perfect timing. And at the end of August another little rain." Hermitage shines this year. "In Hermitage, you can push things to the limit and still be OK," Chave said. "Even when it's extreme, the grands terroirs are still the grands terroirs." Looking at recent vintages, Chave summarized the similarities as follows: 2015 he compares to 1990; 2016 to 2010; 2017 to 2000. As for 2018, said Chave, "It wouldn't be right to compare 2018 and 2003. The ripeness is extreme, but at the end, they're very different wines." Hermitage aside, Chave has spent much of his time in recent years working on his vineyards in Saint Joseph. He said he thinks of Saint Joseph as a wine for bistros rather than haute cuisine, but Chave's Saint Joseph's have quickly progressed beyond that in terms of quality (and, unfortunately, price).
    As per photos - US labels Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 5x150cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £10,381.58
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2009 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £8,433.34
    2009

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2009 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    The greatest wines Chave has produced since 2003 are the two cuvees of 2009 Hermitage. The 2009 Hermitage exhibits a black/purple color along with a sumptuous nose of roasted meats, ground pepper, black currants, blackberry jam, and subtle smoke and licorice. The extraordinary bouquet is followed by a wine of extravagant intensity as well as tremendous focus and precision. While not as powerful as the blockbuster 2003, the amazing 2009 may turn out to be a modern day version of their magnificent 1990 (which is drinking incredibly well at present). Anyone who loves Hermitage and has a cold cellar should be lining up to get a few bottles of this beauty.
    repack Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 12x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £8,433.34
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2009 (2x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,651.75
    2009

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2009 (2x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    The greatest wines Chave has produced since 2003 are the two cuvees of 2009 Hermitage. The 2009 Hermitage exhibits a black/purple color along with a sumptuous nose of roasted meats, ground pepper, black currants, blackberry jam, and subtle smoke and licorice. The extraordinary bouquet is followed by a wine of extravagant intensity as well as tremendous focus and precision. While not as powerful as the blockbuster 2003, the amazing 2009 may turn out to be a modern day version of their magnificent 1990 (which is drinking incredibly well at present). Anyone who loves Hermitage and has a cold cellar should be lining up to get a few bottles of this beauty.
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    6-8 weeks

    Rhone 2x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,651.75
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2010 (2x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £3,717.52
    2010

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2010 (2x150cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    Pure perfection, the 2010 Hermitage reminds Jean-Louis Chave of their 1990. It appears to be a richer, fresher example of what I remember the 1990 tasting like in 1992. The wine exhibits an opaque purple color along with an extraordinary bouquet of sweet blackberry fruit intermixed with creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, acacia flowers, bouquet garni, meat and crushed rocks. Full-bodied and stunningly rich with laser-like precision, this is a powerful, massive yet exceptionally well-balanced wine that should be forgotten for a decade and drunk over the following 30-40 years.
    repack Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 2x150cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,717.52
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2012 (11x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £5,009.46
    2012

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2012 (11x75cl)

    Vinous (95-97)

    Presented as components from four different barrels: #1, from Beaume: Exotic scents of candied licorice, dark berries and smoky Indian spices. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the middle, displaying superb depth to its bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors. #2, from Peleat: Explosive red fruit and potpourri aromas, with a bright mineral overtone. Silky and sweet, offering vibrant raspberry and cherry compote flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. The red fruit note echoes strongly on the back half. #3, from Meal: Fleshier and rounder than the first two components, offering plush dark berry and violet flavors that coat the palate. Chewy tannins build on the finish and fold smoothly into the wine's dense fruit. #4, from Bessards: Emphatic mineral and dark berry aromas pick up a sexy floral note and a hint of cola. Sappy, penetrating and sharply focused, displaying an impressive array of red fruit and floral qualities and strong finishing spiciness. Jean-Louis Chave told me he thinks this wine will be classic Hermitage with an emphasis on fruit, not structure, but not lacking in structure at all--just compared to, say, 2010 and 2005.
    Perfect conditions. Loose bottles. Consecutive numbers. One missing. Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    6-8 weeks

    Rhone 11x75cl 1 95-97 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £5,009.46
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2015 (2x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,296.55
    2015

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2015 (2x75cl)

    Jeb Dunnuck (100)

    As good as Hermitage can get, the 2015 Hermitage from Jean-Louis Chave reminds me of a hypothetical mix of the 2010 and 1990 with its incredible purity, finesse, and elegant paired with awesome depth and structure. This heavenly wine exhibits a deep purple color as well as a powerful bouquet of crème de cassis, blackberries, dried violets, graphite, and crushed rocks, with a liquid mineral component that’s just about impossible to find outside of the Bessards lieu-dit in Hermitage. Full-bodied and massively concentrated on the palate, yet with laser-like precision and clarity, it needs a solid decade of cellaring and will keep for 40+ years or more. It’s not as sexy or overt as the Cuvee Cathelin, but is every bit as good.
    Perfect conditions. Loose bottles Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    6-8 weeks

    Rhone 2x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,296.55
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2016 (2x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £898.15
    2016

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2016 (2x75cl)

    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.
    Perfect conditions. Loose bottles Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    6-8 weeks

    Rhone 2x75cl 1 97 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £898.15
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2003 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,478.47
    2003

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2003 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (97)

    The white wines in 2003 can either be magic or very bad, said Jean-Louis before he poured this elixir. Pale gold. Dusty and spicy on the nose, with intense licorice, orange peel and mineral tones. Absolutely huge on the palate, with an oily, viscous texture that is shocking. The extract here is almost painful and the richness of flavor utterly compelling. (This clocked in at 16.5% alcohol, with less than 2 grams per liter of acidity.) Thick, buttery flavors of orchard fruits and orange bitters, complicated by minerals and smoke. The floral, honeyed finish won't let up. You need the type of food your doctor won't let you eat, replied Jean-Louis when I asked him what he would pair this with. Escoffier cuisine, textured foods, old-style haute cuisine like sauce Nantua, food that needs wine to cut through it.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 1 97 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,478.47
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2012 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,010.47
    2012

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2012 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (96)

    Much more open, fleshy and sexy, the 2012 Hermitage Blanc was just bottled a month prior to this tasting. 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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 1 96 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,010.47
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2017 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,792.07
    2017

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2017 (6x75cl)

    Jeb Dunnuck (98+)

    Cut from the same cloth, the 2017 Hermitage Blanc is stunning stuff, and Chave lovers should unquestionably have bottles of this in the cellar. Bottled in August of this year, its medium gold hue is followed by a mammoth bouquet of quince, flower oil, buttered almonds, and brioche. Every bit as good on the palate, it’s full-bodied, has a stacked mid-palate, flawless balance, and incredible minerality as well as length on the finish. It’s insanely good today, and while this cuvée can shut down, I wonder if this ever will. My money is on this drinking fabulously well for 25+ years. Life is too short not to drink as much Chave Hermitage Blanc as possible!
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Rhone 6x75cl 1 98+ (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,792.07
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2019 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,548.07
    2019

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2019 (6x75cl)

    Jeb Dunnuck (98+)

    Another incredible white from this family is the 2019 Hermitage Blanc, a powerful, concentrated, and remarkably pure Hermitage that has laser-like focus as well as textbook Marsanne notes of quince, green almond, powdered rock, licorice, and spice. It’s still tight, focused, and inward at present, yet it reminds me of the 2018 with its purity and rare mix of power and elegance. It’s worth trying a bottle any time over the coming 3-5 years, but after that, I’d recommend waiting until after 2031.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 2 98+ (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,548.07
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Vin de Paille 1989 (1x37.5cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,412.54
    1989

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Vin de Paille 1989 (1x37.5cl)
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 1x37.5cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £1,412.54
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 1991 (2x75cl)
    In Bond: £21,004.00
    1991

    Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 1991 (2x75cl)

    Vinous (97)

    I was blown away by Chave’s 1991 Cuvée Cathelin. Still incredibly fresh, this vibrant, opulent wine revealed extraordinary precision and nuance in a full-bodied style. Dark cherries, cassis, earthiness, smoke and graphite all made an appearance in this breathtakingly pure, expressive wine.
    As per photo Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 2x75cl 1 97 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £21,004.00
    Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 1995 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £52,918.00
    1995

    Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 1995 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (97)

    When I arrived at 6:00 p.m., September 11, 2001, at Domaine Chave, I found Chave in tears and his family distraught. I had heard about the attacks on the World Trade Center, but not the subsequent collapse of both towers. Gerard Chave knows all about suicidal bombers, having served in the French military during the Algerian revolution. It took a long time to gather sufficient focus to do my tastings. However, the brilliant wines that unfolded in the cellars were, at least for several hours, a much needed antidote for pushing to the back of my mind the horror of 9-11-01.
    owc Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 1 97 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £52,918.00
    Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 2003 (1x75cl)
    In Bond: £9,399.00
    2003

    Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 2003 (1x75cl)

    Vinous (99+)

    Who knows when, if ever, this will be sold, but what the hell. Inky purple. Positively explosive aromas of mulberry, creme de mure, exotic chocolate, musky herbs, pungent flowers and smoky game, with wild potpourri and resin notes. Thick, chewy and almost ridiculously sweet, with the concentration, weight and fruit intensity of a great vintage port, yet with amazing freshness and energy. The finish builds endlessly, deepening and sweetening, and displaying simply remarkable persistence and a clinging raspberry liqueur note. I think I was tasting this the next morning. "I am so happy that I was able to make this wine with my father. If he hadn't been here to watch this it would have been very sad," Jean-Louis concluded.
    OWC as per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 1x75cl 1 99+ (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £9,399.00
    Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 2009 (1x75cl)
    In Bond: £7,906.00
    2009

    Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 2009 (1x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    Last year I gave the 2009 Hermitage Cuvee Cathelin a three-digit rating, but it was nice to be able to re-taste it since it is largely impossible to find in the marketplace. Essentially 100% fruit from Les Bessards, this cuvee is only made in vintages where it will not compromise the integrity and quality of their standard Hermitage (although there is nothing standard about it). The Cuvee Cathelin sees more oak than its sibling, enjoys 50-75 years of aging potential, and boasts over-the-top blackberry and cassis fruit notes intertwined with pen ink, spring flower, graphite and subtle vanillin characteristics. It is a brilliant wine that almost defies description given its ethereal complexity allied to massive weight, power and richness. Yet, it never comes across as heavy or overly-extracted. Forget this for another decade and you and your progeny can enjoy it over the following 50-75 years.
    loose Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 1x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £7,906.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1982 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £4,320.00
    1982

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1982 (6x75cl)

    Vintage Tastings (94)

    The Chave obviously stood out; its menthol and roasted earth were on full display like a spread peacock's tail. Meaty, animalistic and rich, it was a great Chave.
    Slightly damaged OCC - slight label stain 1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Rhone 6x75cl 1 94 (VT) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £4,320.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1988 (10x75cl)
    In Bond: £6,462.00
    1988

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1988 (10x75cl)

    Vinous (98)

    One of my favorite wines of the night, the 1988 Hermitage is simply breathtaking in its beauty and profoundness. Sage, rosemary, sweet tobacco and dried flowers are some of the many notes that lift from the glass in a translucent, weightless, yet wonderfully deep wine. May I have another glass, please? Wow…
    As per photo Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 10x75cl 1 98 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £6,462.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2003 (5x150cl)
    In Bond: £8,629.00
    2003

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2003 (5x150cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    Chave's 2003 Hermitage, like the most successful Burgundies from that anomalous vintage, somehow retains a sense of mineral freshness that balances this wine's remarkable concentration and massive fruit. Tasted at the domaine, it's even floral and perfumed on the nose, an incredible feat when faced with that summer's implacable heat. Full-bodied, massively rich and decadently creamy in texture, it delivers waves of mixed red and black fruits that avoid any overtly raisiny character, finishing vibrant, peppery and long. Jean-Louis Chave seems increasingly confident at the helm of this legendary domaine. We spent a bit of time discussing the 2018 vintage, which he rates highly. "The wines are not really jammy. They're almost as ripe as 2003, but for some reason the grapes weren't raisiny," he said. "The vines never really stopped. In mid-August, we had 40 millimeters of rain—perfect timing. And at the end of August another little rain." Hermitage shines this year. "In Hermitage, you can push things to the limit and still be OK," Chave said. "Even when it's extreme, the grands terroirs are still the grands terroirs." Looking at recent vintages, Chave summarized the similarities as follows: 2015 he compares to 1990; 2016 to 2010; 2017 to 2000. As for 2018, said Chave, "It wouldn't be right to compare 2018 and 2003. The ripeness is extreme, but at the end, they're very different wines." Hermitage aside, Chave has spent much of his time in recent years working on his vineyards in Saint Joseph. He said he thinks of Saint Joseph as a wine for bistros rather than haute cuisine, but Chave's Saint Joseph's have quickly progressed beyond that in terms of quality (and, unfortunately, price).
    As per photos - US labels Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 5x150cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £8,629.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2009 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £7,001.00
    2009

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2009 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    The greatest wines Chave has produced since 2003 are the two cuvees of 2009 Hermitage. The 2009 Hermitage exhibits a black/purple color along with a sumptuous nose of roasted meats, ground pepper, black currants, blackberry jam, and subtle smoke and licorice. The extraordinary bouquet is followed by a wine of extravagant intensity as well as tremendous focus and precision. While not as powerful as the blockbuster 2003, the amazing 2009 may turn out to be a modern day version of their magnificent 1990 (which is drinking incredibly well at present). Anyone who loves Hermitage and has a cold cellar should be lining up to get a few bottles of this beauty.
    repack Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 12x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £7,001.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2009 (2x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,372.00
    2009

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2009 (2x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    The greatest wines Chave has produced since 2003 are the two cuvees of 2009 Hermitage. The 2009 Hermitage exhibits a black/purple color along with a sumptuous nose of roasted meats, ground pepper, black currants, blackberry jam, and subtle smoke and licorice. The extraordinary bouquet is followed by a wine of extravagant intensity as well as tremendous focus and precision. While not as powerful as the blockbuster 2003, the amazing 2009 may turn out to be a modern day version of their magnificent 1990 (which is drinking incredibly well at present). Anyone who loves Hermitage and has a cold cellar should be lining up to get a few bottles of this beauty.
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    6-8 weeks

    Rhone 2x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,372.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2010 (2x150cl)
    In Bond: £3,089.00
    2010

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2010 (2x150cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    Pure perfection, the 2010 Hermitage reminds Jean-Louis Chave of their 1990. It appears to be a richer, fresher example of what I remember the 1990 tasting like in 1992. The wine exhibits an opaque purple color along with an extraordinary bouquet of sweet blackberry fruit intermixed with creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, acacia flowers, bouquet garni, meat and crushed rocks. Full-bodied and stunningly rich with laser-like precision, this is a powerful, massive yet exceptionally well-balanced wine that should be forgotten for a decade and drunk over the following 30-40 years.
    repack Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 2x150cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £3,089.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2012 (11x75cl)
    In Bond: £4,150.00
    2012

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2012 (11x75cl)

    Vinous (95-97)

    Presented as components from four different barrels: #1, from Beaume: Exotic scents of candied licorice, dark berries and smoky Indian spices. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the middle, displaying superb depth to its bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors. #2, from Peleat: Explosive red fruit and potpourri aromas, with a bright mineral overtone. Silky and sweet, offering vibrant raspberry and cherry compote flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. The red fruit note echoes strongly on the back half. #3, from Meal: Fleshier and rounder than the first two components, offering plush dark berry and violet flavors that coat the palate. Chewy tannins build on the finish and fold smoothly into the wine's dense fruit. #4, from Bessards: Emphatic mineral and dark berry aromas pick up a sexy floral note and a hint of cola. Sappy, penetrating and sharply focused, displaying an impressive array of red fruit and floral qualities and strong finishing spiciness. Jean-Louis Chave told me he thinks this wine will be classic Hermitage with an emphasis on fruit, not structure, but not lacking in structure at all--just compared to, say, 2010 and 2005.
    Perfect conditions. Loose bottles. Consecutive numbers. One missing. Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    6-8 weeks

    Rhone 11x75cl 1 95-97 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £4,150.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2015 (2x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,076.00
    2015

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2015 (2x75cl)

    Jeb Dunnuck (100)

    As good as Hermitage can get, the 2015 Hermitage from Jean-Louis Chave reminds me of a hypothetical mix of the 2010 and 1990 with its incredible purity, finesse, and elegant paired with awesome depth and structure. This heavenly wine exhibits a deep purple color as well as a powerful bouquet of crème de cassis, blackberries, dried violets, graphite, and crushed rocks, with a liquid mineral component that’s just about impossible to find outside of the Bessards lieu-dit in Hermitage. Full-bodied and massively concentrated on the palate, yet with laser-like precision and clarity, it needs a solid decade of cellaring and will keep for 40+ years or more. It’s not as sexy or overt as the Cuvee Cathelin, but is every bit as good.
    Perfect conditions. Loose bottles Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    6-8 weeks

    Rhone 2x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,076.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2016 (2x75cl)
    In Bond: £744.00
    2016

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2016 (2x75cl)

    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.
    Perfect conditions. Loose bottles Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    6-8 weeks

    Rhone 2x75cl 1 97 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £744.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2003 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £2,052.00
    2003

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2003 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (97)

    The white wines in 2003 can either be magic or very bad, said Jean-Louis before he poured this elixir. Pale gold. Dusty and spicy on the nose, with intense licorice, orange peel and mineral tones. Absolutely huge on the palate, with an oily, viscous texture that is shocking. The extract here is almost painful and the richness of flavor utterly compelling. (This clocked in at 16.5% alcohol, with less than 2 grams per liter of acidity.) Thick, buttery flavors of orchard fruits and orange bitters, complicated by minerals and smoke. The floral, honeyed finish won't let up. You need the type of food your doctor won't let you eat, replied Jean-Louis when I asked him what he would pair this with. Escoffier cuisine, textured foods, old-style haute cuisine like sauce Nantua, food that needs wine to cut through it.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 1 97 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,052.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2012 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,662.00
    2012

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2012 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (96)

    Much more open, fleshy and sexy, the 2012 Hermitage Blanc was just bottled a month prior to this tasting. 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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 1 96 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,662.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2017 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,480.00
    2017

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2017 (6x75cl)

    Jeb Dunnuck (98+)

    Cut from the same cloth, the 2017 Hermitage Blanc is stunning stuff, and Chave lovers should unquestionably have bottles of this in the cellar. Bottled in August of this year, its medium gold hue is followed by a mammoth bouquet of quince, flower oil, buttered almonds, and brioche. Every bit as good on the palate, it’s full-bodied, has a stacked mid-palate, flawless balance, and incredible minerality as well as length on the finish. It’s insanely good today, and while this cuvée can shut down, I wonder if this ever will. My money is on this drinking fabulously well for 25+ years. Life is too short not to drink as much Chave Hermitage Blanc as possible!
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Rhone 6x75cl 1 98+ (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,480.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2019 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £2,110.00
    2019

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2019 (6x75cl)

    Jeb Dunnuck (98+)

    Another incredible white from this family is the 2019 Hermitage Blanc, a powerful, concentrated, and remarkably pure Hermitage that has laser-like focus as well as textbook Marsanne notes of quince, green almond, powdered rock, licorice, and spice. It’s still tight, focused, and inward at present, yet it reminds me of the 2018 with its purity and rare mix of power and elegance. It’s worth trying a bottle any time over the coming 3-5 years, but after that, I’d recommend waiting until after 2031.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 2 98+ (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,110.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Vin de Paille 1989 (1x37.5cl)
    In Bond: £1,176.00
    1989

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Vin de Paille 1989 (1x37.5cl)
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 1x37.5cl 1 - In Bond: £1,176.00

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