2009 Chave - Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin 750ml

France - Northern Rhone - Hermitage/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

IWC 97-98  
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97-98

Deep ruby. A heady, captivating bouquet evokes fresh red berries, candied flowers, blood orange, Asian spices and minerals, with subtle smoke and cracked pepper notes in the background. Deep in red and dark fruit flavor but light on its feet, showing penetrating, mineral-driven character and an array of floral and spice qualities. The endless finish strongly repeats the floral and mineral notes and shows amazing vivacity and clarity. Chave told me that he was "90% or 95% sure" that this cuvee would be bottled as Cathelin.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 161

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Average rating: 99, based on 1 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

8 bottles owned by 3 collectors.

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About This Producer


The Chave family owns vines in nine of the eighteen 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 St Joseph Offerus. The Hermitage appellation regulations allow up to 15% white grapes to be added to the Syrah, but Chave uses a smaller amount, 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 (approx. 100 cases) Cuvee 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 Cotes du Rhone.

See other similar producers: Chateau de Saint Cosme

Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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