1995 Chave - Hermitage

FRANCE / RHONE / HERMITAGE
abv 14.0%
  • 97 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Syrah
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SKU: 51725-1995-750-0
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    A step up and showing more minerality, structure and length, with a masculine style, the 1995 Hermitage is drinking beautifully today. Described as disappointing by Jean-Louis over the past 5 years or so, it appears to be opening up and possesses fabulous, liquid rock-like qualities to go with cassis, blackberry and wild herbs. Medium to full-bodied, fabulously textured, rich and stretching out nicely on the finish, enjoy this beauty over the coming decade.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Deep and complex, with currant, Proven‡al herbs, green olive and mineral-laden character, this full-bodied red from France's Northern Rh“ne region is smooth, ripe and round until the very finish, which is now quite chewy and tannic. Should blossom with cellaring. 2,330 cases made.
    Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Ruby-red, a bit less saturated than the '96. More sauvage aromas of black fruits, game, gunflint, licorice, smoke, spice, roast coffee, mint and pepper; subtle and very complex. Wonderful sweetness and purity in the mouth, but a wine of terrific cut and grip. Finishes with substantial chewy tannins that will require extended bottle aging. But not at all dry on the back end. Perhaps more classic Hermitage than the cooler '96.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 1999
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Peter B
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Ready to drink, loaded with flavour
    Author: Stephen G41
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Somewhat flat. Not corked, but something not right. A bit better with food but definitely not singing like I expected. Very disappointing. What went wrong here?
    Author: MikeA

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

  • 1054 bottles owned
  • 128 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 128 collectors)