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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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    14 Products

    Prices: In Bond Inc. VAT
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1981 (1x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £932.68
    1981

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1981 (1x75cl)
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 1x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £932.68
    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: £7,428.38
    1988

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1988 (10x75cl)
    As per photo Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 10x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £7,428.38
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1988 (1x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,021.35
    1988

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1988 (1x150cl)
    As per photo Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 1x150cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £2,021.35
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1990 (12x75cl)
    £33,032.14
    Inc. VAT: £33,032.14
    1990

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1990 (12x75cl)

    The Wine Cellar Insider (100)

    This is thrilling to swirl, sniff and sip from the moment the wine hits your glass. Elegant, concentrated, long, rich and refined, the smoky, earthy, rock-strewn fruits grace your palate and linger for at least 60 seconds! Prices for this gem have really shot up over the past few years. If you are lucky enough to have a bottle or two, or you have the disposable income, this is a heart-stopping tasting experience.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    9-11 weeks

    Rhone 12x75cl 1 100 (WCI) Read Review/Description £33,032.14
    Inc. VAT: £33,032.14
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1991 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £6,305.64
    1991

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1991 (3x75cl)
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 3x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £6,305.64
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2003 (5x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £10,291.58
    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: £10,291.58
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2009 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £10,682.14
    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.
    Pristine - As pictured Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 12x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £10,682.14
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2015 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £7,733.74
    2015

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2015 (12x75cl)

    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 12x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £7,733.74
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2015 (1x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £523.48
    2015

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2015 (1x75cl)

    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.
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 1x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £523.48
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2019 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £3,122.87
    2019

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2019 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (97-100)

    As usual, the 2019 Hermitage remained largely as separate components at the time of my visit. Some pre-blending had occurred, so I tasted a combination of Beaumes and Péléat, as well as components from L'Ermite, Méal and Bessards. Uniformly full-bodied, concentrated and long, with rich, velvety tannins, dark-fruit flavors (cassis, blueberries, boysenberries) and hints of crushed stone and licorice, comparisons with 2003 aren't unreasonable.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 2 97-100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,122.87
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1978 (1x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,683.88
    1978

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1978 (1x75cl)
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 1x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £1,683.88
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1983 (1x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £932.68
    1983

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1983 (1x75cl)
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 1x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £932.68
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2015 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,470.80
    2015

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2015 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (97)

    Light brilliant yellow. An intensely perfumed, powerful bouquet evokes fresh pear, peach nectar, anise, iodine and candied ginger, and a smoky mineral quality builds steadily in the glass. Sappy, seamless and incisive on the palate, offering intense orchard and pit fruit and honeysuckle flavors that are lifted and braced by a core of dusty minerality and a bitter jolt of orange pith. Clings with superb tenacity on the mineral-driven finish, leaving sexy floral and ripe citrus fruit notes behind.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 1 97 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,470.80
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1981 (1x75cl)
    In Bond: £775.00
    1981

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1981 (1x75cl)
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 1x75cl 1 - In Bond: £775.00
    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: £6,168.00
    1988

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1988 (10x75cl)
    As per photo Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 10x75cl 1 - In Bond: £6,168.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1988 (1x150cl)
    In Bond: £1,680.00
    1988

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1988 (1x150cl)
    As per photo Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 1x150cl 1 - In Bond: £1,680.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1990 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £27,500.00
    1990

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1990 (12x75cl)

    The Wine Cellar Insider (100)

    This is thrilling to swirl, sniff and sip from the moment the wine hits your glass. Elegant, concentrated, long, rich and refined, the smoky, earthy, rock-strewn fruits grace your palate and linger for at least 60 seconds! Prices for this gem have really shot up over the past few years. If you are lucky enough to have a bottle or two, or you have the disposable income, this is a heart-stopping tasting experience.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    9-11 weeks

    Rhone 12x75cl 1 100 (WCI) Read Review/Description In Bond: £27,500.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1991 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £5,248.00
    1991

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1991 (3x75cl)
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 3x75cl 1 - In Bond: £5,248.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2003 (5x150cl)
    In Bond: £8,554.00
    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: £8,554.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2009 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £8,875.00
    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.
    Pristine - As pictured Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 12x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £8,875.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2015 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £6,418.00
    2015

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2015 (12x75cl)

    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 12x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £6,418.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2015 (1x75cl)
    In Bond: £434.00
    2015

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2015 (1x75cl)

    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.
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 1x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £434.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2019 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £2,589.00
    2019

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2019 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (97-100)

    As usual, the 2019 Hermitage remained largely as separate components at the time of my visit. Some pre-blending had occurred, so I tasted a combination of Beaumes and Péléat, as well as components from L'Ermite, Méal and Bessards. Uniformly full-bodied, concentrated and long, with rich, velvety tannins, dark-fruit flavors (cassis, blueberries, boysenberries) and hints of crushed stone and licorice, comparisons with 2003 aren't unreasonable.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 2 97-100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,589.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1978 (1x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,401.00
    1978

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1978 (1x75cl)
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 1x75cl 1 - In Bond: £1,401.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1983 (1x75cl)
    In Bond: £775.00
    1983

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1983 (1x75cl)
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 1x75cl 1 - In Bond: £775.00
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2015 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,470.80
    2015

    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2015 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (97)

    Light brilliant yellow. An intensely perfumed, powerful bouquet evokes fresh pear, peach nectar, anise, iodine and candied ginger, and a smoky mineral quality builds steadily in the glass. Sappy, seamless and incisive on the palate, offering intense orchard and pit fruit and honeysuckle flavors that are lifted and braced by a core of dusty minerality and a bitter jolt of orange pith. Clings with superb tenacity on the mineral-driven finish, leaving sexy floral and ripe citrus fruit notes behind.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 1 97 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,470.80

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