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Yann Chave Hermitage 2015 (750ML)

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96 DE / 95 JD / 94 WA / 91-94 VM / 18 JR

From 40-year-old vines in lieux-dits Beaume and Péléat, the grapes are hand harvested. There's no pigeage, just déléstage, and the wine is matured in new and one-year-old demi-muids for 12 months, followed by a further six months in tank to settle and meld before bottling. This is a very deep, dark colour still, and quite closed on the nose, although there's a whiff of soy and hot tar. The palate has a massive, statuesque tannic structure, a little blocky still and it needs time to resolve. It's a very savoury style of 2015 Hermitage with plenty of impact and promises a lot. It has all it needs, and is currently like a coiled spring. Do buy it, but sit on it until 2025. Drinking Window 2025 - 2040 MW - Decanter

A wine that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves (probably because it’s made in tiny quantities), the inky colored 2015 Hermitage from Yann Chave comes all from the Les Beaumes lieu-dit and was completely destemmed and brought up in demi-muids. It is a rich, concentrated, yet structured Hermitage that's going to require patience. Cassis, saddle leather, peppery herbs and scorched earth give way to a beautifully balanced, pure and focused 2015 that has plenty of raw material, yet isn't going to be much fun to drink in its youth. - Jeb Dunnuck

The 2015 Hermitage, from the lieux-dits of Les Beaumes and Péleat, was aged entirely in new demi-muids. It's a full-bodied, rich wine that retains a sense of freshness with its mouthwatering flavors of cassis, blackberries and blueberries accented by hints of espresso, crushed stone and licorice. Nearly approachable now, it also shows some firm tannins on the finish, suggesting two decades of longevity. - Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate

Inky ruby. Deep-pitched dark berry preserve, licorice pastille and floral aromas are joined by peppery spice and olive nuances in the background. Sappy and focused on the palate; concentrated bitter cherry and cassis flavors are given backbone and cut by juicy acidity. A smoky nuance comes out on the strikingly long, dark fruit-dominated finish, where gently chewy, harmonious tannins provide shape. - Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media

Cask sample. Tasted blind. Dark purple. Great intensity and vibrancy. Fine, grainy tannins and lots of intensity. Great freshness and cleanliness too. Promises very well. Flamboyant but convincing. -Jancis Robinson

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