HDH Wine

2017 Hermitage, Jean-Louis Chave

Northern Rhône

$275.00 per Bottle


12 Bottles




"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 (98 - 100)." Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
(WA, 12/19/2019)

Rating: 96-99
Drink from: 2021-2040

"#1) Beaumes: Seductively perfumed red fruit qualities on the nose and palate. In a silky, vaguely Burgundian style, as usual, with seamless texture and strong mineral and floral notes driving the finish. #2) Peleat: From 80+ year old vines. Bright and energetic, showing high-pitched red fruit and violet scents and flavors, a touch of spiciness, steadily building mineral character. Powerful yet lithe, with a mineral-drenched finish that leaves black raspberry and floral pastille notes behind. #3) Ermite: Assertive, highly complex aromas of fresh black and blue fruits, licorice candy and potpourri, with mineral and spice notes in the background. #4) Méal: Displays extroverted, mineral-accented blueberry, cassis, cherry and exotic spice aromas and flavors. A suave violet pastille nuance builds steadily with air. Distinctly rich but the main quality that I get here is balance and finesse. Blends power and delicacy smoothly, with rounded tannins and no rough edges. #5) Bessards: Mineral-accented blackberry and blueberry on the nose, with exotic spice and floral notes adding complexity. Densely packed dark fruit preserve flavors pick up smoky bacon and candied violet accents and show excellent clarity, building tannins and superb, minerally finishing thrust." Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com
(AG, 07/01/2019)

Rating: 96-97

"Sample cuvée 1 : Baumes. Stunning. Show-stopping black fruit and smoked meat. Loads of liquorice and leather too. So plush yet so formal and layered. Sample cuvée 2: Peléat. More vegetal than the Baumes. Black-cherry cordial with lightly chewy tannin. Very feminine in structure. Silky, velvet texture. You can see how it fits into the mix as a component. Sample cuvée 3: L’Ermite. Plummy, fruit-cake richness. Thick and layered with plush oak giving spice. Feathery tannin, intense fruit – this has a sense of completeness about it, like you could drink it soon! Sample cuvée 4: Le Méal. Rich, potent fruit. ‘More south than north’, according to Jean-Louis. Long, potent, meaty finish. Quite acidic too – really very bright and bushy-tailed. Sample cuvée 5: Bessards. Black cherry, liquorice, menthol, toast, spice and smoke. Typically opulent." (19.5 points) Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2018
(JR, 11/27/2018)

Rating: 19.5
Drink from: 2020-2045

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