2000 Chave - Hermitage 750ml

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2000 Chave - Hermitage
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International Wine Cellar | 94(+?)

($150) Saturated ruby. Superripe aromas of blackberry, blueberry, clove, minerals and black licorice. Very ripe but precise and penetrating. At once lush and powerful; seamless but with terrific thrust. Black fruit, flint, spice and dark chocolate flavors offer considerable density and verve. Finishes with substantial noble tannins that arrive very late. Has all the elements for longevity. Give this 10 to 12 years before pulling the cork. This comes across as a bit denser than the young 2001 but not finer. The Chaves clearly did a superb job of harvesting in 2000.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 106

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Jancis Robinson | 18.5

100% Syrah, partial de-stemming, vinified in mixture of oak, stainless steel and cement vats, maturation in mixture of new and (mainly) used oak casks and large old oak.Very dark crimson. Rich, seductive nose. Very complete with lots of freshness still on the palate. 'Just’ 13 per cent. This wine seems as though it will be drinkable before, say, Chapoutier’s. Not a blockbuster but very nuanced.

Drink Dates: 2009-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 96

More forward, open and textured, the 2000 Hermitage is an almost promiscuous effort that's just hard to resist. According to Jean-Louis, this wine has never shut down and has always delivered plenty of pleasure. It has classic cassis and blackberry fruit, bacon fat, violets and herbs to go with a full-bodied, layered and seamless, if not voluptuous, style on the palate. I'd line bottles up for drinking over the coming couple of years, but it should hold nicely for upward of a decade.

Drink Dates: 2014-2024
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Issue: 214

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Wine Spectator | 90

Beautiful, round, deep and lush wine. Rich, ripe, elegant, but packed with mineral, plum and other black fruit. Terrific sense of place and terroir. The fruit could be riper, but this is full-bodied and opulently smooth on the finish. Tempting now, but will improve with medium-term cellaring.

Drink Dates: 2003-2010
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson


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Score: 95
Author: Connaisseurs
Trust Rating: 1
Tasted On: 01/20/2011
Too young in 2007

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More Vintages and Sizes of Chave - Hermitage:

2011 (750ml)
1999 (750ml)
1989 (750ml)

About This Producer


The Chave family owns vines in nine of the eighteen vineyards that cover the hill of Hermitage. Chave believes that the hillside's variety of terroirs is instrumental in bringing the right balance to its blends. The domaine produces both red and white Hermitage, as well as a St Joseph Offerus. The Hermitage appellation regulations allow up to 15% white grapes to be added to the Syrah, but Chave uses a smaller amount, if any at all (his L'Hermite vineyard has some white grapevines planted alongside the red). The white Hermitage is produced from 85% Marsanne and 15% Roussanne, all of which is harvested by hand. There is also a limited production (approx. 100 cases) Cuvee Cathelin, an Hermitage cuvee named after a friend of the Chave family, artist Bernard Cathelin, who designed the label when it was first released in 1990. Finally, there is an Hermitage Vin de Paille, which is both rare and highly-regarded.

The domaine also has a second line called JL Chave Selection which produces affordable red and white Crozes-Hermitage and Hermitage, as well as a Cotes du Rhone.

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