2007 HERMITAGE (ROUGE), JL Chave. Northern Rhône
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Area: The Hill of Hermitage in the northern Rhône produces what has long been called the 'king of wines' for its muscular, long-lived style. La Chapelle, from Jaboulet, may be the most famous wine, but the smaller family-run Chave have long been accepted as the top producer. They have 14 parcels in 9 different lieux-dits (vineyards), which he blends at the last possible moment.
Grape Variety: 100% Syrah, aged in barrel for 18 years, with just 10-20% new oak.
Cellar Potential: 2017-2030, probably at its best from 2020.
Old Bridge Rating: This seems at first surprisingly lacking in obvious richness. The intensity emerges given 10 minutes in the glass. A wine of incredible subtlety and elegance.
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Press Reviews: 95 points, The Wine Advocate - "The spectacular 2007 Hermitage boasts a dense purple color along with notes of creme de cassis, loamy soil, crushed rocks and acacia flowers, a rare opulence and a full-bodied style. Reminiscent of the 1991 Hermitage (a great vintage for Chave as well as most top producers in Hermitage), it should drink well for 20-25 years. (RP)"
£250.00 per bottle
This wine does not qualify for a further case discount