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1983 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

abv 14.0%
  • 93 WA
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety

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SKU: 51725-1983-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    Chave has always loved the 1983 (a sentiment I share, but the tannin in the wine is worrisome). It seems to me that his 1983 has the potential to be super, but it still remains charmless and austere. Deep dark ruby in color with some amber at the edge, it has a profound concentration of ripe, smoky, berry fruit and Asian spices, full body, exceptional depth and length, as well as a formidable tannin level.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Good full red. Complex, slightly exotic aromas of gibier, tar, spearmint and orange peel. Very concentrated and superripe, with extravagant hints of woodsmoke and iron filings. A wine of great ripeness and substantial power, still a bit dominated by its substantial, dusty, palate-saturating tannins. Fascinating wine, still improving. Here the first wine that struck me as an older style of Hermitage, but then this vintage produced very ripe, very tannic wines. Still, says Jean-Louis: |Today we would make a wine with silkier tannins from a year like '83.|
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 1999
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Skyweir

The Chave family owns vines in nine of the 18 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 Saint-Joseph Offerus. The Hermitage appellation regulations allow up to 15% white grapes to be added to the Syrah, but Chave uses a smaller proportion, 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 (approximately 100 cases) Cuvée 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 Côtes du Rhône.

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 157 bottles owned
  • 45 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 45 collectors)