Friday, April 28, 2017

Jean-Louis Chave 2015 Vintage in Vinous and Wine Spectator

Jean-Louis Chave has received some outstanding press recently regarding his most current 2015 vintage; with both Vinous and Wine Spectator commenting on the stellar progress of his more recent Saint-Joseph project as well as his always distinguished Hermitage.   

In Vinous' April publication, Josh Raynolds recounts his interview with the producer in which Chave highlights the notably rainy and warm growing season, the increased interest in Saint Joseph, as well as the very promising 2015 vintage and how it stands up with previous outstanding years. Raynolds states that "after suffering through the short crops of 2014 and 2013, Jean-Louis Chave told me that he was relieved to realize a normal crop... Even better, he said, was the fact that the fruit was uniformly of extremely high quality— 'healthy, ripe and with great natural acidity'—thanks to the cool nights that the region enjoyed, along with some well-timed rain." 

Of the 2015 Hermitage Rouge Raynold's sees much promise in this current vintage, stating that "the final wine should be a knockout and I envision that it will come off as a hypothetical cross of Chave's 2009 (power and heft) and 2010 (energy and structure)". Appointing the wine 96-98 points.  

Raynolds was also impressed with the 2015 Saint-Joseph. Noting that "the final wine will be one of the best examples of this bottling yet...delivering serious depth and flavor intensity but energy as well... that it will match up favorably with plenty of Hermitages from the vintage". Appointed 92-94 points.

The Chave family is based in a small village on the northern right bank of the Rhone.  There have been Chaves growing vines on the famous Hermitage hill since 1481. Gerard Chave took over from his father in 1970 and rapidly achieved megastar status due to the extraordinary quality of his wines. He then passed on the winemaking responsibilities to his son Jean-Louis.  The Chave’s methods for all their winemaking are traditional farming, super low yields, full ripeness, and minimal manipulation. Their unmatched meticulousness continues through five centuries to render venerable expressions of the purest of Rhône terroir.


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