Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Hermitage Rouge 2008

RRP £194

“A difficult vintage,” says Jean-Louis, and one generally considered the second-worst of the decade after the washout 2002. It was certainly wet, but great terroir is great terroir, and this is nonetheless a very enjoyable wine, and ready to drink now. It has a herbal note to the aromatic profile – thyme, rosemary and juniper – and raspberry fruits. It won’t last as long as a typical vintage, but is fresh and very drinkable. Consider drinking this with less powerfully-flavoured food than you might normally with red Hermitage.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Syrah (100%)

Alcohol

13%

Bottle size

75cl

Drink dates

2020 - 2028

Origin

Country

France

Region

Rhône

Sub-region

Northern Rhône

Area

Saint-Joseph AOP

Tasting Information

Blind

No

Tasted by

Matt Walls

UK Stockist

Crump, Richmond & Shaw

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