International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90Good full dark red. Roasted aromas of currants, animal fur, pepper and smoke. Silky on entry, then closed in the middle palate, with some edgy acidity giving it a somewhat disjointed quality. In a rather roasted southern style; its slight green aspect and excess acidity in conjunction with its suggestions of surmaturite indicate that the fruit ripened too quickly. Not fun to drink today - will it retain enough freshness when it finally opens? This wine showed far better in the four or five years after the vintage.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: July/August 1999
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96Similar in style to the '95, with its masculine, firm profile, the 1989 Hermitage offers a full-bodied, rich and concentrated feel to go with plenty of ripe black fruits, toasted spice, mint and roasted herbs. From a scorching hot, dry year, it has fabulous concentration, a deep, layered texture and a blockbuster style. Enjoy bottles anytime over the coming decade.Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Spectator | Rating: 91Rich and concentrated, with abundant smoky, toasty plum and currant aromas and flavors that are wrapped, for now, in a blanket of tannin, but it's thick and generous enough to warrant cellaring. Should be a wonderful wine. 80 cases made.
Self | Rating: 92Author: Stephen G41
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.See other similar producers:Chateau de Saint Cosme
Collector Data For This Wine
- 512 bottles owned
- 118 collectors
- Average collector rating: 92
(Out of 118 collectors)