1989 Chave Hermitage

- 750 ml
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Wow – immediately as you lift the glass it's clear that this is the essence of Hermitage. Smoky berry fruits soar from the glass, joined by notes of perfumed cigar box, smoky bacon, bonfire smoke, star anise and incense. It's full and cooling on the palate, with no excess weight despite its breadth and depth of flavour. Lovely sappy berry acidity runs through it, leading to a long, weightless, saline finish. A really precise and fine wine, highly complex, well balanced and classically Hermitage. Drinking Window 2019 - 2040.

Decanter | 100 DEC
Now this is a wonderful Hermitage from the master. A captivating nose, quite gamey with cooked meats, underlying minerals, a touch of Valrona chocolate, coca and roasted herbs. Very complex with incredible definition. The palate is full-bodied and full of tension and poise. Elegant, refined with cooked meat, cherry and wild strawberry on the mid-palate. Very harmonious...Exquisite...Drinking now-2020.

eRobertParker.com (Neal Martin) | 97 RP-NM
The 1990 Hermitage has more richness and density, but it is also just a bit bretty. A whole range of sage, rose petal, licorice and lavender notes emerge over time. This isn’t the very best bottle of the 1990 I have ever had, but it is a fine example just the same. Like the 1989, the 1990 is peaking. It will likely hold on for a few more years, maybe more, but it won’t get any better than it is right now.

Vinous Media | 97 VM
Similar in style to the ’95, with its masculine, firm profile, the 1989 Hermitage offers a full-bodied, rich and concentrated feel to go with plenty of ripe black fruits, toasted spice, mint and roasted herbs. From a scorching hot, dry year, it has fabulous concentration, a deep, layered texture and a blockbuster style. Enjoy bottles anytime over the coming decade.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 96 RP
Wow, the aromatics on 1989 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage are just about as good as it gets with rich, spice laden red and black fruit mixed with some serious dirt, smoke and raw meat aromas. Full bodied and beautifully textured, it's precise, pure and almost silky with a long finish. Drinking perfectly.

Jeb Dunnuck | 95 JD
(Hermitage- Domaine Jean-Louis Chave) There was a time when I used to believe that the 1989 Chave Hermitage was just a touch coarse structurally and would lag behind the two vintages that it is sandwiched between- 1988 and 1990- but the wine has developed beautifully and its refinement is hardly an issue these days! The deep, complex and roasted nose wafts from the glass in a complex mix of roasted cassis, espresso, grilled meats, gentle medicinal tones, charred wood, dark soil tones and a touch of raw cocoa. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and very nicely focused, with a rock solid core, moderate tannins and a very long, poised and impressively tangy finish. Whereas the 1988 Chaves seems to have gone into a shell again in the last couple of years, the 1989 is blossoming beautifully and is starting to drink with great style and gusto. (Drink between 2013-2040).

John Gilman | 94 JG

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Availability Out of Stock
Vintage 1989
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Chave
Rating 100 DEC
Region Rhone: While the Northern Rhone produces only about 5% of all wine coming out of the Rhone Valley, the quality of these bottles is not to be underestimated. The terroir in this region is heavenly for growing Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne or Rousanne - the only permitted grapes in the AOC. Picture this - the Rhone flows through the valley like an azure thread piercing the landscape, a reflection of the dreamy skies hovering above the vineyards, ready to produce rainfall at a moment's notice. The rocky soil of the steep, almost surreal hillsides provides a bountiful feast for the grapevine roots. The flavors and texture of Northern Rhone wines tell you everything you need to know as soon as your lips touch the elixir, like a whisper in the vigorous valley winds As per the Southern Rhone wine, it is like taking a plunge into a whirlpool of juicy flavor. Every sip explodes forward like a crashing tsunami, bathing your tastebuds in delicious aromas of prune, chocolate, grass, and black fruit. The wines are so compelling that it can be hard to drink them casually at a social event without getting lost in their intricate textures and emotional depths. Let's set sail together, and drink deep from these luxurious bottles with our friends and loved ones.
Type of Wine Hermitage: Hermitage provides a bouquet of scents and flavors with a texture that cannot be fully deciphered. Expect to be blown away by an orchestral composition of primal blackberries and black raspberries, earthy minerals, playful spice and a thick bassline of smoke. Their immense aging potential makes them ideal candidates for hoarding in your cellar!
Varietal Shiraz/Syrah: Syrah, or also commonly known as Shiraz is one of the darkest thick and full-bodied wine filled with aromatic hints of blueberry, blackberry, and some spicy peppery notes. Primarily grown in France, you can easily find a bottle throughout Australia, Spain, Italy, Chile, and Argentina.
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