A Fusion of Power and Refinement:
2014 Chave Hermitage Rouge

Posted by Ian McFadden

"This beauty has class and will evolve gracefully." - Jeb Dunnuck

Hermitage is holy ground for Syrah. Even in this context, Chave has a magic touch with Syrah. No one renders the grape with such sophistication and depth.

For me, Chave's Hermitage is one of the great wines of the world.

Chave's 2014 Hermitage takes the textural allure and brightness of the vintage and endows it with a grandeur and structure that amazes. There's a remarkable depth of complexity with beautiful snap and finesse. It's probably not surprising that this represents the vintage at its most compelling and noble.

The Chave family has been making wine on the slopes of the Northern Rhône for over 500 years and Hermitage Rouge is their flagship bottling. The Chave family holds parcels in Hermitage's finest vineyard sites (Les Bessards, Meal, l’Ermite, Peleat, and Les Beaumes), and Jean-Louis blends these with an unparalleled mastery. I strongly advise you to listen to Levi Dalton's incredibly informative interview with Jean-Louis Chave.

Chave's wines are beautiful fusions of power and refinement. The 2014 drives this point home strongly. The wine has so much length and presence and delivers it with refinement and regal finesse.

Chave’s masterful Hermitage is the crown jewel of the Northern Rhône – there’s simply no better expression of Syrah on the planet. Any time that I can offer Chave, I'm happy.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2014 Chave Hermitage Rouge

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate: "Looking at the 2014 reds, the 2014 Hermitage is resting as a final blend and is scheduled to be bottled early next year. It has a serious floral character as well as the classic minerality imparted from the Bessards lieu-dit (which makes up the bulk of the cuvée), gorgeous depth of fruit, medium to full-bodied richness and fine, polished tannin. Like most 2014s, it will be approachable at an early age, but this beauty has class and will evolve gracefully."