1990 Chave - Hermitage

FRANCE / RHÔNE / HERMITAGE
abv 14.0%
  • 98 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Syrah
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SKU: 51725-1990-750-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    Also mature, yet with another level of texture and richness, the 1990 Hermitage is a profound effort that's drinking perfectly. Voluptuous, yet classy and still refined, with awesome cassis and blackberry fruit, flowers, rose petal and hints of rendered bacon fat, it is full-bodied, textured and layered on the palate, with no hard edges and killer length on the finish. This beauty makes lights go off in my head, and as with the '91, I'd drink bottles over the coming 4-5 years or so.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    Ruby-red. Sauvage yet extremely youthful aromas of dark berries, leather, minerals and spices; some high tones quickly dissipated with aeration. Huge, thick, extravagantly rich Hermitage; harmonious even if it still closed in the middle. Extremely unevolved dark berry flavors and a deep core of spice are complicated by notes of wild game and roasted plum. Extraordinary combination of power and finesse. Finishes with explosive length and big, thoroughly ripe tannins.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 1999
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    Such rich fruit, jammed with plum, herb, licorice, meat, spice and tar flavors, that you almost overlook the muscular tannins and think you could drink it now. Don't. This wine is concentrated and built to age. Wild and distinctive, it's a beautiful representation of the northern Rhone at its best. 2,500 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Very dark and masculine and dry with more acidity than the Chapoutier 1990 and 1991 tasted alongside. Tarry and thick and magnificently ambitious... Real old-fashioned Hermitage - history in a bottle. Very lively through the density but none of the lushness of the Chapoutiers. My dinner guests said they preferred the Jaboulet 1990 but I noticed it was the Chave decanter that was drained.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 10-06-2009
  • Self | Rating: 95

    A stunner, at it's prime, loaded with dark fruit, spices and mild white pepper.
    Author: 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.

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 678 bottles owned
  • 142 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 142 collectors)