Wine Advocate | Rating: 100Every bit as profound, yet distinctly different, the 2003 Hermitage Cuvee Cathelin is a cellar selection that comes mostly from Chave's Les Bessards holdings and sees slightly more time in oak. More decadent in style, with ripe cassis, truffle, earth, spiced meats and licorice, it offers a singular profile on the palate with massive concentration and extract, a thick, chewy texture and incredible length. As with the straight Hermitage, it stays graceful and elegant, with no sense of weight or heat in its seamless profile. Sadly, there were only 125 cases of this elixir produced, so here's to hoping I get to taste this singular beauty again as well!Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 99Intense, with layer upon layer of exotic fig, blueberry, boysenberry and Linzer torte fruit notes, all stretched over superfine-grained tannins that just sail on and on, while hints of Turkish coffee, blueberry-port reduction, bittersweet Valrhona chocolate and fig bread fill out the background. Immensely concentrated but shows terrific purity and long, graphite-driven finish. Drinkable now, but should cruise in the cellar for some time. 240 cases made.Author: James Molesworth
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 99Who knows when, if ever, this will be sold, but what the hell. Inky purple. Positively explosive aromas of mulberry, creme de mure, exotic chocolate, musky herbs, pungent flowers and smoky game, with wild potpourri and resin notes. Thick, chewy and almost ridiculously sweet, with the concentration, weight and fruit intensity of a great vintage port, yet with amazing freshness and energy. The finish builds endlessly, deepening and sweetening, and displaying simply remarkable persistence and a clinging raspberry liqueur note. I think I was tasting this the next morning. |I am so happy that I was able to make this wine with my father. If he hadn't been here to watch this it would have been very sad,| Jean-Louis concluded.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: January/February 2007
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
- 55 bottles owned
- 27 collectors