By Jean-Louis Chave
2018 Hermitage from Jean-Louis Chave, Rhone
The illustriousness of the 2018 vintage produced by Jean-Louis Chave in the not-easily-tamed vineyards of the Rhone paints an irresistible portrait for the discerning wine investor. This Hermitage is a testament to both Jean-Louis Chave's uncompromising pursuit of excellence and the distinct climatic conditions that prevailed during the year.
A Dance between Power and Elegance
This 2018 Hermitage strikes with a poised balance between sheer power and refined elegance. The wine magnificently gave expression to its creator's predilection for 'Syrah', a resident grape of the Rhone, while quickly asserting its unique individuality among other vintages.
Jean-Louis Chave's meticulous winemaking prowess is on full display, coaxing profound flavors of blackberry, licorice and well-integrated spice from this monarch among grapes. This veritable orchestra of tasting notes is underpinned by a confidence-inducing structure, a pillar indicative that this wine will blossom beautifully with age.
A Vintage Shaped by Terroir and Climate
France’s 2018 growing season presented a unique set of associations across different regions. A combination of consistent climatic conditions and impeccable attention to detail in the terroir of Rhone, have resulted in this exceptional Hermitage release.
Blessed with warm weather and enough rainfall, 2018 presented all the elements necessary for the Syrah grapes to be harvested ripe, yielding wines that strike an enticing balance between robust volume and crisp acidity.
In every sip one can taste this rare alignment of nature’s vagaries: A fruit driven core interlaced with the distinct Rhone earthiness. This dance between fruit and terroir perfectly encapsulates what a great 2018 Hermitage from Jean-Louis Chave is all about.
With a promising aging potential, this Hermitage offers a prudent choice for those wishing to diversify their fine wine investment portfolios. Its extraordinary depth, tightly woven complexity and long-lasting finish are hallmarks of what has become one of the standout vintages of Rhone. In encapsulating its place and time so succinctly, it underlines not only Chave's status as one of the region's top producers but also the investment worthiness of the 2018 Hermitage from Jean-Louis Chave.
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