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1998 Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin

Lightly scuffed capsule; lightly bubbled label; lightly nicked label; lightly scuffed label; lightly wrinkled label

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98Robert M. Parker Jr.

Tasting like liqueur of Syrah, it is extremely full-bodied and awesomely concentrated, with formidable tannin as well as mind-blowing levels of extract and density. 200 cases produced.

98+ Stephen Tanzer

Reticent, minerally nose hints at great sweetness and ripeness; notes of blackberry and tar emerge with aeration. Round, rich and layered in the mouth; still quite closed but the wine extraordinary depth of flavor is already apparent.

95Wine Spectator

Beautiful red. Balanced, with a deft dose of mocha, spicy oak, red and black fruit and mineral notes. Its supple tannins fold nicely into the long finish, which tastes of grilled game and red berry jam. 200 cases made.


Jean-Louis Chave

Jean-Louis Chave is a 37.5-acre estate in Hermitage, in the Rhone Valley, and it is universally admired as one of the world’s great wine estates. Robert M. Parker Jr., a self-proclaimed fan, has called Jean-Louis and Gerard Chave, the son and father who run the estate, some “of this planet’s greatest winemakers.” Winemakers for six centuries, the Chave family produces red and white Hermitages, and a special Hermitage Cuvee Cathelin. The only grapes grown are Syrah for the reds and Roussanne and Marsanne for the white Hermitage. There are about 30,000 bottles of red Hermitage produced annually, 15,000 bottles of white, and 2,500 bottles of Cuvee Cathelin, which is only produced in vintages when the Chaves believe the harvest is good enough to be turned into the luxury cuvee.


France, Rhône Valley, Northern Rhône, Hermitage

The Northern Rhône Valley wine region hugs the Rhône River from Vienne in the north to Valence at its southern tip. The French call the region Côtes du Rhône Septentrionales, and it is divided into eight appellations. Along with its neighbor to the south, the Southern Rhone Valley, it is famous for its big, tannic, intensely concentrated wines. Syrah is the only red grape permitted in AOC wines from this sub-region, though the Syrah can be blended with the white wine grapes Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne, depending on the regulations for each AOC. White wines are made from Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. Of the eight appellations in the north, the most admired wines tend to come from Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and Hermitage, though there are certainly exceptional wines to be found in St. Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, St.-Peray, Crozes-Hermitage and Cornas. Along with Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne, Rhône wines are among France’s best known and most collected wines. Red wines from these appellations are notable for their signature aromas of bacon and green olives, and for their depth. Robert M. Parker, a great champion of Rhone wines, has written that “the northern Rhône produces three of the greatest wines in the world – the white wines of Condrieu and the red wines of Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage.”


Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.