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2002 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 »

WS 92
IWC 90-91
WA 91-94
Drink Dates
Comm: 2006-2019 WA: 2005-2015 WS: 2006-2015
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750ml $149.95

IWC 90-91
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 118

(tasted from a stainless steel tank, where it was awaiting bottling) Medium ruby. Black cherry, licorice, pepper and tar on the nose. Very dry but classy and aromatic, with currant fruit complicated by licorice, pepper, leather and fresh herbs. Rather bracing for a young Chave wine, and difficult to taste after the 2003, but the wine's aromatic persistence suggests it will reward aging. Late notes of pepper and gunflint.

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WA 91-94
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 156
Drink Dates 2005-2015

One of the candidates for the Rhone Valley's "wine of the vintage" is Chave's 2002 Hermitage. A draconian selection has resulted in a deep ruby/purple-colored offering revealing sweet notes of melted licorice, briery berries, earth, and herbs. Medium to full-bodied, pure, elegant, and intense, this forward-styled Hermitage appears to be better than the 1992, 1993, and 1994, which are all fine wines that are holding up well. The 2002 should be at its peak between 2005-2015.

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WS 92
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2006-2015

Alluring aromas of fig, cocoa and dried currant give way to a slightly firm but admirably ripe palate of black fruits, mineral, toast and game. Structured but fine-grained finish. A terrific effort in this difficult vintage. 1,000 cases made.

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Author Stephen G41
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.032%
Tasted On 02/03/2013

Just about ready but with years to go. Robust, more charming than I expected.

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Author Tallydoc
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.678%
Tasted On 08/02/2010
Drink Dates 2005-2016
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Author Ivan Chang
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 04/19/2009
Drink Dates 2008-2023

Clear, deep ruby, no noticeable fading on the rim. Clear, medium to pronounced nose of dark fruits (plums?) black pepper, rosemary, hints of leather, roses and black tea. a whiff of cedar as well. Dry. High acidity. Full body. High intensity. Medium+ tannins. More leather notes on the palate. Medium+ velvety finish. Fine quality. Premium priced. Can drink now but will improve over the next 5 years and then keep for another 5-10 years thereafter.

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