Rhone Royalty: 2004 & 2006 Chave Hermitage

Posted by Ian McFadden

Rhône Royalty
2004 & 2006 Chave Hermitage

Hermitage is the ultimate expression of Syrah, and Chave's is as good as it gets.

I'm happy to offer a very small parcel of 2004 and 2006 Chave Hermitage - two classic vintages that are starting to show really, really well.

Jean-Louis Chave has a gift for crafting absolutely transcendent Hermitage. The number of bottles of Chave that have been utterly mesmerizing are too numerous to count. Without any hesitation, I buy Chave every vintage.

Chave allows Hermitage to shine in all its majestic nobility and ageworthiness. Simply put, 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.

2004 is a vintage for Chave's Hermitage that I've always loved. I drank a bunch of it when it was first released. Over the years, it's only gotten better. 2004 stands out as one of those classic vintages that really blossoms as the years go by. As fond of the '04 as I've always been, the way that it has evolved shocked me. It's grown more complex, more fine and more vividly mineral.

While a little more powerful than the 2004, Chave's 2006 Hermitage is also very much in the classical vein. It's a vintage in the Northern Rhône that's marked by serious concentrations married to a good amount of energy. Chave's 2006 has an uncommon elegance, boasting how hauntingly complex Syrah's aromatic and mineral expression can be.

There's no doubt that you can find Chaves that are more epic in their scale and more sought after by collectors. For me, though, these two vintages get to the very heart of what makes Chave so special.

They represent much of what's beautiful in Chave and Hermitage in general. Both vintages show the grace, the perfume and the nobility that make Chave some of the most compelling wines in the world.

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Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits