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The Chave family is the epitome of 'People, Place and Time'. They have been vignerons in the Rhône valley since 1481 - an astonishing 16 generations. Originally the family farmed only in St. Joseph, moving to Hermitage about a century ago when phylloxera swept through the region. Today Chave Hermitage Rouge and Hermitage Blanc are generally regarded as the appellation's greatest wines. In recent years Jean Louis has begun the painstaking process of restoring the steep St. Joseph terraces that...
- 92 Points -
Josh Raynolds, February 2015
Bright yellow. An expressive, complex bouquet displays aromas of mineral-accented orchard fruits and melon, with hints of smoky minerals, herbs and lemon pith in the background. Densely packed pear, Meyer lemon and honey flavors are energized by a note of ginger, showing excellent clarity. Closes with powerful thrust and mineral-driven persistence, leaving notes of fennel and pear skin behind.See detailed press review