2010 domaine jean louis chave, hermitage, rouge
Why We're Buying
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave has been family-operated since 1481, spanning 25 generations. In that time, it's made a name for itself with Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage, a syrah that reached a $400 price tag in 2021. In addition to annual critical acclaim, this red wine earned three stars from Guide Hachette des Vins, the highest possible rating.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pure perfection, the 2010 Hermitage reminds Jean-Louis Chave of their 1990. It appears to be a richer, fresher example of what I remember the 1990 tasting like in 1992. The wine exhibits an opaque purple color along with an extraordinary bouquet of sweet blackberry fruit intermixed with creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, acacia flowers, bouquet garni, meat and crushed rocks. Full-bodied and stunningly rich with laser-like precision, this is a powerful, massive yet exceptionally well-balanced wine that should be forgotten for a decade and drunk over the following 30-40 years. (RP)
Dark and massive, this features a core bristling with warm plum sauce, black currant, blackberry pâte de fruit and bitter cherry flavors. The loamy edge develops through the finish, studded with charcoal, licorice root and roasted apple wood notes, all underpinned by a broad, dense graphite spine. This will age at a glacial pace.
A wine I’ve rated perfect on more than one occasion, the 2010 Hermitage from Jean-Louis was closed and reticent on this occasion, with lots of red and black fruits, saddle leather, dried herbs and lots of minerality. Full-bodied, tight and reserved at the moment … 98+