Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Hermitage Syrah

9.41586 ratings
9.4769 pro ratings
Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Lee Pitofsky

Took WOTN with its knockout nose, depth, power and abundance of layered complexity. It has terrific structure, floral lift and a palate caressing texture. Fantastic length. In a really great place.

Took WOTN with its knockout nose, depth, power and abundance of layered complexity. It has terrific structure, floral lift and a palate caressing texture. Fantastic length. In a really great place.

May 9th, 2021
Conrad Green

A gorgeously meaty and tangy nose with dark fruit. Medium bodied and savory with depth of fruit and resumes. Dried herbs and a bloody base but supple and quite lean at the edges. Real character.

A gorgeously meaty and tangy nose with dark fruit. Medium bodied and savory with depth of fruit and resumes. Dried herbs and a bloody base but supple and quite lean at the edges. Real character.

Aug 28th, 2020
Mike Saviage

Tasted blind alongside another bagged bottle. This is dark ruby in color, but mostly translucent. Has a very perfumed nose with red fruit notes, plums, slate stones, grilled meat, some pepper and some nice spice. In the mouth it's so silky. Coats everything it touches, and the tastes linger. I guess 95 Chave. Can't believe this wine came off as so young. I think it's at peak and will not get any better with more age, but has many years of pleasure in front of it - especially great condition bottles like this one. My WOTN.

Tasted blind alongside another bagged bottle. This is dark ruby in color, but mostly translucent. Has a very perfumed nose with red fruit notes, plums, slate stones, grilled meat, some pepper and some nice spice. In the mouth it's so silky. Coats everything it touches, and the tastes linger. I guess 95 Chave. Can't believe this wine came off as so young. I think it's at peak and will not get any better with more age, but has many years of pleasure in front of it - especially great condition bottles like this one. My WOTN.

Aug 16th, 2020
Jeff Ames

Owner/Winemaker Rudius Wines

8.8

The first Chave I have had in a LONG time. Just can’t afford anymore. Certainly good and clearly too young but at the price now just can’t justify buying anymore. Think will just revert to buying ‘off’ vintages at auction

The first Chave I have had in a LONG time. Just can’t afford anymore. Certainly good and clearly too young but at the price now just can’t justify buying anymore. Think will just revert to buying ‘off’ vintages at auction

Apr 30th, 2020
Jim Powers

Incredible old Hermitage! Balanced, structured, great fruit, plum, dark currants, dark fruits, a little anise. Had it with a perfectly grilled Ribeye steak. A perfect marriage!

Incredible old Hermitage! Balanced, structured, great fruit, plum, dark currants, dark fruits, a little anise. Had it with a perfectly grilled Ribeye steak. A perfect marriage!

Apr 8th, 2020
Mike Saviage

Tawny with reddish amber rims. Dark yet translucent. Great old Chave nose. Black cherry, wet forest floor, smoked meats, menthol, slate stone and rhubarb notes. Vibrant in the mouth right out of the gate. Lots of structure and pucker. Fruit present but starting to fade. This was at peak first two hours and then started slowing down, opposite of the Trimbach CSH next to it. Still this was really good ~37 yr old grape juice.

Tawny with reddish amber rims. Dark yet translucent. Great old Chave nose. Black cherry, wet forest floor, smoked meats, menthol, slate stone and rhubarb notes. Vibrant in the mouth right out of the gate. Lots of structure and pucker. Fruit present but starting to fade. This was at peak first two hours and then started slowing down, opposite of the Trimbach CSH next to it. Still this was really good ~37 yr old grape juice.

Mar 29th, 2020
Rick Baumgarten

Top of a double blind flight of French Syrahs. Oh, so good.

Top of a double blind flight of French Syrahs. Oh, so good.

Mar 18th, 2020
Conrad Green

This is very composed and pretty. Sweet fruit with lovely acidity. Some leather, iron notes, lucid tangy brambly stuff and clear cherry fruit. Garrigue and dried herbs. Lovely and great definition. Superb

This is very composed and pretty. Sweet fruit with lovely acidity. Some leather, iron notes, lucid tangy brambly stuff and clear cherry fruit. Garrigue and dried herbs. Lovely and great definition. Superb

Mar 11th, 2020
Conrad Green

Slightly odd on the nose. Bananas? Slightly scorched. There’s lovely intense fruit. Super fresh and rounded- but a slightly strange nose. When revealed... wow. I can’t believe young the fruit still is. Nearly a great wine but odd bits going on take the edge off.

Slightly odd on the nose. Bananas? Slightly scorched. There’s lovely intense fruit. Super fresh and rounded- but a slightly strange nose. When revealed... wow. I can’t believe young the fruit still is. Nearly a great wine but odd bits going on take the edge off.

Mar 11th, 2020
Cristiano Garella

Magnum

Mar 6th, 2020