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2019 Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage, 1.5ltr

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RATINGS

97-100The Wine Advocate

Uniformly full-bodied, concentrated and long, with rich, velvety tannins, dark-fruit flavors (cassis, blueberries, boysenberries) and hints of crushed stone and licorice...

97-99Jeb Dunnuck

...massive, full-bodied, yet mineral-laced and undeniably classic wine from this estate. All of the components showed incredibly well...classic sexiness...another magical wine in an incredible series of awesome Hermitage from this family.

96-98Vinous / IWC

...spice-accented cherry and blackberry, with a vibrant mineral note in the background... Rich but lively on the palate, offering densely packed bitter cherry and black currant preserve flavors and a touch of licorice...extremely suave and expansive aromas of ripe red and blue fruits and exotic spices, along with a sexy floral touch.

18.5+ Jancis Robinson

Incredible piercing freshness. The oak is beautifully judged, spiced pear and bruised apple with supreme texture and concentration on the long and layered finish. Quite superb.

REGION

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.”

TYPE

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.