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Single bottle of White wine Dom. Jean-Louis Chave, Hermitage Blanc, Hermitage, 2001 80% Marsanne & 20% Roussanne

Dom. Jean-Louis Chave
Hermitage Blanc

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The producer

Winemakers in Saint-Joseph since 1481, the Chave family was able to purchase parcels across Hermitage, after the devastation of phylloxera, from the late nineteenth century through to the acquisition of Domaine de l’Hermite in 1982.

The estate’s modern history starts in 1970, when Gerard Chave took over the running of the estate from his father.

Today the domaine covers 15 prime hectares, on the Hermitage hill, and is in the talented hands of Jean-Louis Chave, who took over from Gerard in 1992, following a degree in viticulture from UC Davis. Prime vineyards include Les Bessards, Maison Blanche, and L’Hermite.

The separates parcels for both red and white are vinified separately before blending and bottling after judiciously restrained use of new oak. These are some of the finest wines of the appellation. We offer both red and white Hermitage from Chave.

The wine

Chave’s Hermitage Blanc comes from 5 hectares of parcels high on the Hermitage hill, imparting a more restrained style, and giving a wine of finesse and balance and with the ability to age. 80% Marsanne with the remainder Roussanne are planted in some of the finest lieu-dits on the hill and includes close to 100-year-old vines in Les Rocoules. Grapes are vinified in a combination of French oak casks and stainless-steel tanks, following which the wines are aged in a combination of mostly new French oak barrels. A wine of enormous earthy minerality, Chave’s Hermitage Blanc is rich in yellow stone fruit, with honeysuckle and hazelnut complexity, and a generous yet refined texture.

Type: White
Vintage: 2001
Country: France
Region: Northern Rhone
Sub region: Hermitage
Grape: 80% Marsanne & 20% Roussanne
Style: Tropical and Balanced
Sweetness: Dry
ABV: 13%
Drinking window: 2005 - 2025
Size: 750ml
Food match: Chicken and Turkey

We choose our wines based on a range of criteria (see how we choose our wines) of which critic scores is just one. Rather than simply highlight the best score to promote a wine, our average critic score is calculated from the scores provided by several respected wine critics, who we follow for specific regions. They do not represent all critic scores and, wherever possible, we try and give more weight to more recent reviews. Where appropriate we consider market-based scores like Global Wine Score or Wine Searcher Average scores.

As a rule, we look to offer wines that achieve a 92/100 average critic score or better and frankly a lot of very good wines simply don’t make the cut. As a high-end provider we want to reflect that positioning in the quality of wines we offer. Such wines are only a tiny fraction of those generally on offer in the market. We believe that an average score is a more conservative and representative approach, but it is still subjective and only offered as a guide to our customers, who will (and should) do their own research. We will add individual critic scores to our website in the future.

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