J.L. Chave Hermitage 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France

Price: $229.00
Item No. 101330
  • WS98
  • RP95
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Winemaker's Notes

A portion of the red Hermitage is vinified in open-topped wooden casks and punched down manually twice a day. The other portion is vinified in stainless steel tanks also with manual punch down twice daily.

At the end of 18 months of élevage, the wine is blended to unite the qualities of each parcel, and in order to express the essence of Hermitage. The final blend of each wine is a combination of seven different terroirs. After the final blend is completed, the wines are bottled without filtration.

Critical Acclaim

"Really packed, but amazingly supple and velvety in texture, with layer upon layer of black mission fig, crushed plum, freshly brewed espresso, worn saddle leather and iron notes all driving through the long, long finish. The structure is well-integrated already, but this has a long life ahead of it. Best from 2009 through 2030. 1,800 cases made."
98 Points

"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. "
95 Points

Learn About J.L. Chave

Some experts feel that the greatest maker of Hermitage is the firm of Jean-Louis Chave. The Chave family has been growing grapes at Hermitage since 1481. They have a reputation for making good wine in poor years, and excellent wine in good ones. They use low yeilding vines (average age 60 years) and a late harvest to produce the ripest fruit, and there is virtually no intervention...

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Learn About Hermitage

(EHR-me-tahj) and Crozés-Hermitage (krohz EHR-me-tahj) The hill of Hermitage is something to be seen. It is a hill (just one hill) of only about 300 acres, with carefully terraced vines in granite based-soil. The soils of the hill are plotted to make sure that the best variety is planted in the best plot of soil, and the wines reflect those decisions. The hill is...

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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