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Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Rouge 2011

"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. Drink 2019-2039. 96+/100."
Jeb Dunnuck - robertparker.com

Bottle
£199.00
Bottle (Case)
£2,388.00
Magnum
£425.00
Magnum (Case)
£2,550.00
Tasting Notes
Typically, red Chave Hermitage exhibits aromas of dark, autumnal fruit and black pepper with undertones of mushrooms, game and leather. The palate, which can be taught and quite closed in youth, shows wonderful complexity with maturity and diverse flavours of red and black berries, plums, pepper and spices combine over a background of rugged tannins to produce a profound wine of amazing structure and delineation.

Younger wines are very well suited to lamb dishes but beef or venison are better accompaniments to a mature wine. Game generally is a classic partner for red Hermitage with Jean-Louis Chave's personal preference being for woodcock.
About this wine
Style Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine Region Rhône, Hermitage
Grape Variety (Cépage) Syrah
Vintage 2011
Cellarage This famously age-worthy red takes up to a decade to achieve enough maturity to show itself at its best and can age wonderfully for 25 years or
more in superior vintages.
Vinification Grapes are rigorously harvested by hand from several different lieu dits (Bessards, le Meal, Rocoule & Peleat) from vines subjected to minimal treatments and short pruning. They are partially de-stemmed (according to vintage) and vinified separately in a mixture of used oak, stainless steel or cement vats. The wine is matured in a mixture of new and (mostly) used oak casks for approximately 18 months prior to painstaking blending and eventual (unfiltered) bottling.
Producer

Gérard & Jean-Louis Chave

'De Père en Fils Depuis 1481' (from father to son since 1481) is the impressive statement that graces every bottle of Chave Hermitage. The Chaves farm 13.9 hectares (of Hermitage’s 132 hecatres) comprising 9.3 hectares of Syrah spread across 7 different climats and 4.6 hectares of Marsanne and Roussanne (in an 80% to 20% respective ratio). Gérard Chave (born in 1935) started working with his father in the late 1960s and was joined by his son Jean-Louis (born in 1968) in 1992 on completion of his viticultural studies at University of California, Davis and an MBA at Hartford. The Chaves are famous for their fastidious and skilful blending as their extensive vine-holdings give them a very broad palette of fruit to work with. Jean-Louis married his American wife Erin Cannon-Chave in 2003 and they have two children Louis (born 2006) and Emma (born 2008). In 2006 Jean-Louis Chave became President of the Hermitage Wine-Producers Association. As well as producing superb red and white Hermitage (which represent for many the benchmarks of the appellation) the Chaves also produce an excellent red Saint Joseph as well as a popular range of négociant wines.

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