Another stunning success from one of the greatest producers of Syrah in the world. Robert Parker gushes, Tasted from bottle, the 2011 Hermitage sports a ruby/purple color to go with an awesome bouquet of sweet cassis, dried flowers, spice-box, ground pepper and crushed stone. That is a compelling description if we've ever read one, on a wine that is sure to last for decades in the bottle. "
Occasionally referred to as the “Pope” of Hermitage by his peers, Jean-Louis Chave’s reputation as the premier producer of Hermitage is richly deserved. The Chaves have been working the hills of the Northern Rhône in an unbroken line since 1481, and since the turn of the 20th century they have purchased parcels in multiple sites on the hill of Hermitage. This gives Jean-Louis enviable quality control in the cellar. Each parcel is vinified separately, and any barrels that don’t enhance the blend are promptly sold off to négociants. Only about 2,000-3,000 cases per year are made of Hermitage rouge. Syrah can be made anywhere in the world, but only Hermitage can be made in Hermitage. The wines have a striking granitic minerality, a meaty, bacony character, black cherry and boysenberry density, and the best have an ability to age 20 years easily. In short, Chave’s expressions are some of the great wines of France, in the same class as d’Yquem, Krug, Latour, Rayas, or Romanée-Conti. Between us, if you’re going to put any high-scoring red wines in your stash, you really can’t do much better than these.
Tasted from bottle, the 2011 Hermitage sports a ruby/purple color to go with an awesome bouquet of sweet cassis, dried flowers, spice-box, ground pepper and crushed stone. One of the more serious, focused and structured 2011s, it has fabulous concentration, sweet tannin and a seamless texture. Give it 5-6 years and enjoy bottles over the following 2 decades or more.