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1994 Chave - Hermitage Syrah - France - Northern Rhone - Hermitage - Red

France - Northern Rhone - Hermitage

Red Syrah
Producer Notes

The Chave family owns vines in nine of the eighteen vineyards that cover the hill of Hermitage. Chave believes that the hillside's variety of terroirs is instrumental in bringing the right balance to its blends. The domaine produces both red and white Hermitage, as well as a St Joseph Offerus. The Hermitage appellation regulations allow up to 15% white grapes to be added to the Syrah, but... More »

IWC 93
WS 94
RP 93
Drink Dates
RP: 2000-2025 WS: 1997-2014
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750ml $189.95

IWC 93
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 85

Deep red-ruby. Roasted aromas of animal fur, blackcurrant, smoke and pepper. Supple, peppery and very concentrated, with lovely sweetness and pliant texture in the middle palate. Has a compellingly sapid quality. Finishes very long and sweet, with thoroughly ripe tannins. Absolutely delicious Hermitage, and showing no signs of shutting down in bottle.

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RP 93
Source Rhone Book(1997)
Issue B3
Drink Dates 2000-2025

The 1994 red Hermitage appears to be superb. Last year it tasted like a richer sibling of the 1985. This year it tasted significantly richer, but with the 1985's softness, elegance, and precocious appeal. The wine possesses a black/ruby/purple color, an intense, smoky, cassis, and mineral-scented nose, full body, superb density, a soft attack, good grip, and a long, impressively endowed finish. It is a wine of undeniable power, spice, tannin, fruit, silk, and fat-what else can you ask for? It should be drinkable by the year 2000 and last for 25 + years.

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WS 94
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 1997-2014

This Rhône red is intensely perfumed with the inky spiciness so unique to Syrah, then firm and concentrated on the palate, with loads of ripe blackberry, anise and smoke flavors. Rich yet polished, it marries traditional structure with modern fruit. Approachable now, but better with age. 3,500 cases made.

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Author Peter B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.183%
Tasted On 06/29/2014
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Author Stephen G41
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.158%
Tasted On 03/10/2013

A tough year but this bottle has nothing to be ashamed about, a little rigid, that's all.

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Author RDV
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.345%
Tasted On 01/06/2013
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