2005 Chave - Hermitage

FRANCE / RHONE / HERMITAGE
abv 14.0%
  • 97 WA
  • 98 WS
  • 97 IWC
  • Variety
    Syrah
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SKU: 51725-2005-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97

    ($245) Inky ruby. Hugely aromatic bouquet of red and dark berries, cherry, Asian spices, fresh flowers, minerals and cured meat; smells like a great grand cru from Vosne-Romanee but with a wilder side. Flat-out gorgeous wine, with remarkably deep but fresh red berry and cherry flavors that stain the palate. Seems to actually expand on the finish, picking up exotic spicecake and rose pastille character and leaving a sweet trail of smoky red fruits behind. |If you insist on drinking this young, do it now,| says Chave, |because it will close up in about two or three years and not be open again for a long time.| You've been warned.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: January/February 2008
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    Jean Louis Chave commented that 2005 was not a 'friendly vintage' on release and compared it to 1998, 1995 and 1983 in style. His 2005 Hermitage is nevertheless an incredible wine that shines for its purity, focus and pure class. Offering up lots of granite-like minerality, creme de cassis, violets and graphite, this rich, full-bodied, gorgeously concentrated Hermitage has good acidity, building, ripe tannin and a fabulous finish. While I'd happily drink a glass today, it needs another 3-4 years of bottle age to hit prime time and will keep for two to three decades after that.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

    Really packed, but amazingly supple and velvety in texture, with layer upon layer of black mission fig, crushed plum, freshly brewed espresso, worn saddle leather and iron notes all driving through the long, long finish. The structure is well-integrated already, but this has a long life ahead of it.
    Author: James Molesworth
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  • 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

    • 923 bottles owned
    • 131 collectors