2004 Chave, J L Hermitage

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  • Syrah
  • 750ML
  • WS 96
  • IWC 96
  • NM 95
  • WE 94
  • WA 94

Reviews for 2004 Chave, J L Hermitage

WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2012
The first vintage that seems approachable now, this pumps out a very friendly core of steeped red currant, blackberry cherry and plum fruit, with exuberant acidity, mouthwatering cocoa and pain d'épices notes followed by... The first vintage that seems approachable now, this pumps out a very friendly core of steeped red currant, blackberry cherry and plum fruit, with exuberant acidity, mouthwatering cocoa and pain d'épices notes followed by a long, incense- and black tea-infused finish. Has the stuffing and balance to age further, but thoroughly delicious now.—Non-blind Chave vertical (June 2012). Drink now through 2030. 3,000 cases made. –JM
IWC 96
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2007
(IWC95-96 points) (tasted from tanks, awaiting final blending. #1) Explosively floral, with remarkable purity and a strong licorice tone. #2: Spicier sample, with strong cherry pit and graphite on the palate and a bright... (IWC95-96 points) (tasted from tanks, awaiting final blending. #1) Explosively floral, with remarkable purity and a strong licorice tone. #2: Spicier sample, with strong cherry pit and graphite on the palate and a bright, zesty quality. #3: Solid and chewy, with strong bitter cherry, dark chocolate and tobacco qualities ("this batch gives the wine its skeleton"). #4 (all Peleat): Incredibly sweet and minerally, like a great Griotte-Chambertin, with amazing purity of cherry and raspberry fruit. A great '04 in the making. - Josh Raynolds
NM 95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, September 2009
Tasted from Yapp’s reserves at a private vertical. This has a clear garnet core. The nose is very well defined with notes of blackberry, sous-bois, a touch of black pepper and smoke. The palate is medium-bodied... Tasted from Yapp’s reserves at a private vertical. This has a clear garnet core. The nose is very well defined with notes of blackberry, sous-bois, a touch of black pepper and smoke. The palate is medium-bodied, harmonious, slightly grainy texture, complex, especially towards the finish with blackberry, tar, chestnut and a touch of bacon fact – but it is all restrained and understated. So fresh and wonderfully balanced. The bottom line is that this is a gorgeous, svelte, sensuous Hermitage destined to age with distinction. Drink 2013-2025.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, September 2007
A top-notch effort from a difficult vintage, Chave’s 2004 red Hermitage is a complete wine: complex and balanced. Spice, meat and red fruit aromas and flavors swirl together in a mix of power and elegance. Acids are a... A top-notch effort from a difficult vintage, Chave’s 2004 red Hermitage is a complete wine: complex and balanced. Spice, meat and red fruit aromas and flavors swirl together in a mix of power and elegance. Acids are a touch crisp, but that’s the vintage speaking. Drink 2010–2025.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2007
The 2004 red Hermitage which was given a much longer time in barrel and small foudre than normal because the Chaves determined the tannins and the acids needed a longer time to integrate is a beauty. The wine exhibits a... The 2004 red Hermitage which was given a much longer time in barrel and small foudre than normal because the Chaves determined the tannins and the acids needed a longer time to integrate is a beauty. The wine exhibits a dense ruby/purple color a big sweet nose of creme de cassis black cherry licorice pepper and a hint of olive paste. It is a full-bodied wine that tastes atypical for this vintage with its beautifully integrated acidity and sweet tannin. The wine is structured more masculine and backward than the over-the-top full-throttle 2003.