domaine jean louis chave, hermitage, rouge 2003

domaine jean louis chave, hermitage, rouge 2003
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
100
JEB DUNNUCK
100

Critics' Scores

  • ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
    100
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    Chave's 2003 Hermitage, like the most successful Burgundies from that anomalous vintage, somehow retains a sense of mineral freshness that balances this wine's remarkable concentration and massive fruit. Tasted at the domaine, it's even floral and perfumed on the nose, an incredible feat when faced with that summer's implacable heat. Full-bodied, massively rich and decadently creamy in texture, it delivers waves of mixed red and black fruits that avoid any overtly raisiny character, finishing vibrant, peppery and long.

  • JEB DUNNUCK
    100
    Jeb Dunnuck

    I’ve rated the 2003 Hermitage perfect on numerous occasions, and while sound bottles are still as good as it gets, I’ve also had some tired bottles here in the states, so provenance is critical with this vintage. Still youthfully colored yet just starting to show some maturity in its aromatics of blackberries, dark currants, licorice, spice box, and leather, this fabulously textured, opulent 2003 hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a wealth of sweet tannins, and a monster of a finish. Clearing 15% alcohol (and I think the pH is probably around 4), it should be a required tasting for all those touting the low alcohol nonsense. This singular beauty can be drunk today with incredible pleasure or cellared for another two decades, if you’re so inclined

  • WINE SPECTATOR
    98
    Wine Spectator

    This shows the extreme plum, blackberry and raspberry confiture notes of this very hot year, stuffed with extra blood orange, singed clove, saddle leather and freshly plowed humus. The tannins offer a lightly firm cedar edge, but are well-melded into the core. Will likely always be controversial because of the exotic profile, but this is a wine that completely captures the essence of the vintage without sacrificing a sense of terroir. And isn't that what we look for? (JM, Web-2012)

  • DECANTER
    93
    Decanter

    The first exceptionally hot year of the millennium. 'The vines didn't know what to expect,' says Jean-Louis Chave, and the wine is highly atypical. Decidedly full-bodied, with noticeably high alcohol, but thankfully there is ample acidity around intense confit fruits and strawberry jam, along with more developed, meaty aromas and rather leathery tannins. (MW)

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