Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

L'Hermitage Syrah

9.29 ratings
9.42 pro ratings
Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Guillermo Camacho

In perfect balance. Everything one could draw out is there. Structure is excellent. This wine was elegant and approachable with a silky tannin structure and a strong fruit core, making the wine approachable immediately but worth a good wait as well. If this is not an outstanding vintage, I can’t imagine what is (besides the structure to facilitate a highly extended aging period, which this wine may lack). Rather, I think this is good wine making through and through that allows the wine making, vintage, and dirt to harmonize into a high quality. What’s the point of rating something like this?

In perfect balance. Everything one could draw out is there. Structure is excellent. This wine was elegant and approachable with a silky tannin structure and a strong fruit core, making the wine approachable immediately but worth a good wait as well. If this is not an outstanding vintage, I can’t imagine what is (besides the structure to facilitate a highly extended aging period, which this wine may lack). Rather, I think this is good wine making through and through that allows the wine making, vintage, and dirt to harmonize into a high quality. What’s the point of rating something like this?

Mar 19th, 2020
Aaron Tan

Popped, poured, and blinded this wine. It didn't take long for the notes to lead me towards Hermitage (so intense!), but I didn't think it was Chave's because it was lacking the meaty notes that I associate with his wines. I am, however, not an authority on Chave - I can count the number of times I've drank his Hermitage with my hands. Regardless, the 2014 Hermitage was certainly impressive and my WOTN. Full-bodied, dark fruits, quite ripe, but in no way jammy, spice - anise, juniper, and bay leaf, licorice, deep minerals, sexy supple texture. As the night progressed - seriously stony, air has brought out the meatiness (bacon), along with some gamey and musky tones. The fruit adamantly refuses to subside on the palate. A real masterpiece, especially for the vintage.

Here's another case of infanticide on my end, but at least in the name of research, I can attest to the excellence of this wine. Personally, though, I was missing some floral and crushed pepper characters which I love in Syrah. Just nit-picking. 

Popped, poured, and blinded this wine. It didn't take long for the notes to lead me towards Hermitage (so intense!), but I didn't think it was Chave's because it was lacking the meaty notes that I associate with his wines. I am, however, not an authority on Chave - I can count the number of times I've drank his Hermitage with my hands. Regardless, the 2014 Hermitage was certainly impressive and my WOTN. Full-bodied, dark fruits, quite ripe, but in no way jammy, spice - anise, juniper, and bay leaf, licorice, deep minerals, sexy supple texture. As the night progressed - seriously stony, air has brought out the meatiness (bacon), along with some gamey and musky tones. The fruit adamantly refuses to subside on the palate. A real masterpiece, especially for the vintage.

Here's another case of infanticide on my end, but at least in the name of research, I can attest to the excellence of this wine. Personally, though, I was missing some floral and crushed pepper characters which I love in Syrah. Just nit-picking. 

Jan 23rd, 2019
michael

Nose sweet dark cherry mineral chocolate pepper taste massive smooth tannins dark cherry tobacco earthieness mineral dark chocolate long finish

Nose sweet dark cherry mineral chocolate pepper taste massive smooth tannins dark cherry tobacco earthieness mineral dark chocolate long finish

Feb 16th, 2018
Beth Novak Milliken

Best of tasting for me.

Best of tasting for me.

Jan 9th, 2019
Ryan Maxwell

Ryan had this 4 months ago

Ryan had this 4 months ago

Mar 19th, 2020
Yianni Stoner

Yianni had this a year ago

Yianni had this a year ago

Jan 9th, 2019
Paul Angelillo

Paul had this 9 months ago

Paul had this 9 months ago

Sep 24th, 2019
Patty R

Patty had this 2 years ago

Patty had this 2 years ago

Jan 1st, 2019
Caves Carriere

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Caves had this 2 years ago

Aug 24th, 2018
Arielle Fabienne Pytka

Arielle had this 3 years ago

Arielle had this 3 years ago

Jun 16th, 2017