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1990 Chave, J L Hermitage

  • Syrah
  • 750ML
  • WA99
  • WA99
  • WA98
  • WS96

Reviews

WA99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2002
The 1990 is spectacular.
WA99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 1997
1990 is the Hermitage appellation's greatest vintage since 1978, and maybe since 1961. I have been tasting Chave's Hermitage since the great 1978 vintage, and the black-colored 1990 is unquestionably the most... 1990 is the Hermitage appellation's greatest vintage since 1978, and maybe since 1961. I have been tasting Chave's Hermitage since the great 1978 vintage, and the black-colored 1990 is unquestionably the most massive and concentrated wine he has yet produced. Perhaps the real difference between it and the splendid 1989 is that the 1990 exhibits a more roasted character to its nose, as well as a bit more tannin and concentration in the mouth. Except for that, they are both mind-boggling, monumental bottles of red Hermitage. The 1990, which offers huge aromas of tar, roasted cassis fruit, and hickory, as well as astonishing concentration, will not be interesting to drink young. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2040. Last tasted 6/95.</P>
WA98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 1995
The brilliant wine making of Gerard Chave, now assisted by his highly talented son, Jean-Louis, has turned out as successful 1992s and 1993s as any producer in the northern Rhone. The white Hermitage includes about 15%... The brilliant wine making of Gerard Chave, now assisted by his highly talented son, Jean-Louis, has turned out as successful 1992s and 1993s as any producer in the northern Rhone. The white Hermitage includes about 15% Roussanne, which is being fermented in new oak barrels to give the wine more definition and structure. This has always been one of the great white Hermitages made, and in top vintages it is capable of aging for 30+ years. It is a wine that takes on greater life and complexity when drunk with intensely flavored food. I recently had the 1988 Chave white Hermitage with a truffle soup made by the renowned Washington, DC chef, Jean-Louis Palladin, and the wine could have been a great Montrachet given how spectacular it tasted. By the way, tasting the 1990 Chave Hermitage, and the 1990 and 1991 luxury cuvees of Red Label Cuvee Cathelin only served to reinforce the fact that these wines need at least 10-15 years of cellaring, but all three of them are candidates for pure perfection during the next century. Importers: Langdon Shiverick, Cleveland, OH; tel. (216) 861-6800 and Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, CA; tel (510) 524-1524</P>
WS96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, May 1994
Such rich fruit, jammed with plum, herb, licorice, meat, spice and tar flavors, that you almost overlook the muscular tannins and think you could drink it now. Don't. This wine is concentrated and built to age. Wild... Such rich fruit, jammed with plum, herb, licorice, meat, spice and tar flavors, that you almost overlook the muscular tannins and think you could drink it now. Don't. This wine is concentrated and built to age. Wild and distinctive, it's a beautiful representation of the northern Rhône at its best. Best from 1997 through 2007. 2,500 cases made.

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