"A retasting of the 1998 Hermitage blanc confirmed its brilliant quality. It is an elegant, floral-scented, structured white Hermitage. It boasts fabulous concentration, but is less flattering and precocious than either the 1999 or 2000. 92/100." Robert Parker
- Bottle £98.00
- Bottle Case £1,176.00
"I tasted component parts of the 2001 Hermitage blanc. Aromas of acacia flowers, honeysuckle, and citrus were followed by a medium to full-bodied white with loads of glycerin as well as heady fruit and alcohol. Elegant, medium to full-bodied, and crisper, it is more obviously backward than the 2000."
- Bottle £120.00
- Bottle Case £1,440.00
"The 2005 Hermitage blanc is an amazing effort that defines the classic style of white Hermitage. It offers hints of marzipan, roasted hazelnuts, quince, licorice, honeysuckle, citrus oil, and wet stones. It is a superbly concentrated and powerful wine. It should drink well for 30+ years."
- Bottle £150.00
- Bottle Case £1,800.00
"Made in a totally different style, the masculine, backward 2005 Hermitage exhibits an inky/dark ruby/purple color along with aromas of graphite, creme de cassis, licorice, roasted herbs, and scorched earth. The minerality and tannins dominate this gamy, thick, rich 2005, which, given its tannic structure, is closest in style to a vintage such as 1995 or 1998. Give it 7-10 more years of cellaring, and drink it over the following three decades."
- Bottle £225.00
- Bottle Case £2,700.00
Le Chaudron, which is tucked away in a basement in the back streets of Tournon, is an old Yapp favourite and regular watering hole of some of the most celebrated wine makers in the Northern Rhône. There is no frou-frou French flim-flammery here. It is a pretty basic offering of wholesome seasonal staples, but the service is courteous and attentive and the carte des vins
is an object of wonder. There are wines therein that cannot be found elsewhere and moreover, they are modestly priced. On one memorable visit, our old chum Stephen Browett, the boss of Farr Vintners, treated us to a bottle of Jean-Louis Chave’s elusive Cuvée Cathelin ‘Ermitage’ on the basis that the list price was considerably lower than its known market value.
On a lucky day you might even spot Jean-Louis Chave himself gracing the green leather banquette and enjoying the rare honour of bringing in one of his own label-less bottles - presumably on the understanding that long-serving patron
Marc Grillon gets a glassful.
The Chave family has been tending vines ‘de père en fils’
since 1481 and now enjoy holdings of just under 14 hectares on the hill of Hermitage, giving them an enviably broad palette of fruit to work with.