Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2011

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2011


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The appellation regulations permit the inclusion of up to 15% of white grapes in the final blend, although those producers use less than this, if any at all. Chave have some white grapevines planted alongside their red in L'Hermite.
Category Red Wine
Region France, Rhone, Hermitage
Brand Domaine Jean-Louis Chave
  • wa96-98

Wine AdvocateThe 2011 Hermitage (also still in barrel), in comparison, is more focused and straight, with a slightly more serious feel to its tannin profile and overall structure. All of the samples (again, tasted in individual components) were beautifully perfumed, with the Les Bessards (which will make up the bulk of the blend) showing surprising density and concentration in a vintage that generally produced more up-front and supple wines. A serious 2011 that will certainly be one of the stars of the vintage, it should be reasonably approachable on release and have an easy two decades of longevity.

Jeb Dunnuck, December 2013
  • ws96

Wine SpectatorA grippy, mouthwatering style offering solid, briary tannins inlaid with finely beaded acidity, all of which melds into the core of anise, blackberry paste and fig sauce favors. Shows terrific energy on the singed apple wood finish. Should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2030. 2,500 cases made.

James Molesworth, November 15, 2014