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Every month, we showcase and open a special bottle of wine for you to sample, hand-picked by our sommelier team. Each wine has been chosen for its prestige and critical acclaim, available by the glass at cost price offering you the opportunity to broaden your vinous horizons.
Hermitage, Jean Louis Chave, Rhône Valley, France, 1987
£35 per 125ml glass. Current wine list price - £235.00
During the month of June, we will be showcasing one of the Rhône Valley’s most famous appellation and finest estate.
The Chave family has been growing vines on the famous Hermitage hill for over 500 years. Gérard Chave took over from his father in 1970 and rapidly achieved megastar status due to the extraordinary quality of his wines. The estate is currently under the helm Jean Louis Chave, although his father Gerard still plays an active role.
The domaine built its reputation on their superb red Hermitage (Syrah with the addition of 15% white grapes). The family now owns 15 hectares of vines on the Hermitage and crucially their Hermitage holding is spread across 9 of the 18 climates on the hill (included Les Bessards, the adjacent Le Méal, Les Roucoles, Maison Blanche and the monopoles L'Hermite and Peléat). This means that they can produce a blend which reflects the separate "terroirs" of the climates and is a perfect balance between aromatic complexity, power and finesse.
The wine is matured in a combination of large wooden foudres and small wooden casks (a proportion of which will be new) for 12-18 months.
This historical wine has the earthy and gamey aromas of a developed Syrah. Its texture is silky with undertones of maraschino cherry, roasted coffee beans and black truffle.
It is a piece of history in the glass!
This unique wine pairs amazingly well with the smokiness of our chicken dish.