2013 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Syrah Rhone Valley Hermitage
Jean-Louis Chave's Hermitage is arguably the finest and most long-lived Syrah produced in the world. This 2013 gleams with ripe plum and mulberry fruit, a truly grand and expressive Syrah.
The Wine Advocate says this will certainly be one of the wines of the vintage. Offering classic, granite-induced notes of smoked dark fruits, graphite, searing minerality and bouquet garni, this sensational Hermitage has medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful mid-palate density and building tannin, all with the freshness and purity of the vintage. "
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.