Hermitage: Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Rouge 2012
"One of the more charming and forward efforts from Chave, the 2012 Hermitage sports a mostly opaque purple color to go with classic creme de cassis and blackberry fruits intermixed with notions of lead pencil shavings, violets and powdered rocks. Deep, full-bodied and sumptuously textured, with good freshness, this pure, elegant Hermitage shows more and more definition and cut with time in the glass, but never loses it's more fruit forward, charming profile. I suspect it will drink nicely for most of its life. Drink 2017 - 2037. 96/100."
Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate.
Typically, red Chave Hermitage exhibits aromas of dark, autumnal fruit and black pepper with undertones of mushrooms, game and leather. The palate, which can be taught and quite closed in youth, shows wonderful complexity with maturity and diverse flavours of red and black berries, plums, pepper and spices combine over a background of rugged tannins to produce a profound wine of amazing structure and delineation.
Younger wines are very well suited to lamb dishes but beef or venison are better accompaniments to a mature wine. Game generally is a classic partner for red Hermitage with Jean-Louis Chave's personal preference being for woodcock.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Hermitage|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Lamb, Pheasant and Game|
|Cellarage||This famously age-worthy red takes up to a decade to achieve enough maturity to show itself at its best and can age wonderfully for 25 years or more in superior vintages.|
|Vinification||Grapes are rigorously harvested by hand from several different lieu dits (Bessards, le Meal, Rocoule & Peleat) from vines subjected to minimal treatments and short pruning. They are partially de-stemmed (according to vintage) and vinified separately in a mixture of used oak, stainless steel or cement vats. The wine is matured in a mixture of new and (mostly) used oak casks for approximately 18 months prior to painstaking blending and eventual (unfiltered) bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14|
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave
'De Père en Fils Depuis 1481' (from father to son since 1481) is the impressive statement that graces every bottle of Chave Hermitage. The Chaves farm 13.9 hectares (of Hermitage's 137 hectares) comprising 9.3 hectares of Syrah spread across 7 different climats and 4.6 hectares of Marsanne and Roussanne (in an 80% to 20% respective ratio). Jean-Louis (born in 1968) took over from his father Gérard in 1992 on completion of his viticultural studies at University of California, Davis and an MBA at Hartford. The Chaves are famous for their fastidious and skilful blending as their extensive vine-holdings give them a very broad palette of fruit to work with. Jean-Louis married his American wife Erin Cannon-Chave in 2003 and they have two children Louis (born 2006) and Emma (born 2008).
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