This 3pack includes:
2x Jean Louise Chave Hermitage Rouge 2017
1x Jean Louise Chave Hermitage Blanc 2017
The Chave residence and cellars are on the other side of the river from Hermitage, in the unremarkable village of Mauves, between Tournon and Cornas. This is within the Saint Joseph appellation boundaries, and Chave now makes a tiny amount of Saint Joseph from local grapes, mainly for family and friends.
Almost all the Chave vineyards are in Hermitage, dotted all over the hill, with plots in 9 of the 18 climats. White grapes are grown in Les Rocoules, L'Hermite, Peléat and Maison Blanches. The backbone of the red blend comes from a significant 2 hectare holding in Les Bessards, supplemented by 6 other climats.
Jean Louise Chave Hermitage Rouge 2017
'Jean-Louis Chave had done some preblending of the 2017 Hermitage at the time of my visit, meaning several parcels had already been combined with others, so there were fewer components to taste. A sample that included some L'Ermite, Les Beaumes and Péléat was fragrant, loaded with peppery spice and came across as slightly open-knit (93 - 95). A second component, mostly Le Méal, was richer and riper-tasting, with lush fruit and hints of roasted meat (97 - 99). Finally, a sample Jean-Louis described as "more the core of the blend" (mainly Les Bessards) was simultaneously firm and generous, with notes of crushed stone, cassis and licorice. Drink: 2021-2040'
96-99 points - Joe Czerwinski, RobertParker.com
Jean Louise Chave Hermitage Blanc 2017
'In the end, I'm unable to definitely say that the 2017 Hermitage Blanc is better than the stupendous 2016. Of course, I sampled it just three days after it was bottled, so I've appended the + to my rating, as there's a possibility the wine may have been affected by that process. It's gently toasty but dominated at this stage by forward melon and pineapple fruit. Full-bodied and incredibly rich yet balanced, it unfolds in waves of flavor and texture, lingering for what seems like minutes on the finish. Hit it soon to enjoy its youthful opulence, or put it aside for 10-12 years. Drink: 2020-2040'
98+ points - Joe Czerwinski, RobertParker.com
|Grape Variety||Syrah / Shiraz|