Hermitage Rouge ‘Cuvée Cathelin’

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Hermitage Rouge ‘Cuvée Cathelin’, 2000

This cuvée is only made in great vintages (the last was 2015) and is generally reserved for the family. The 2000 vintage was looking fairly average until the north wind arrived, concentrating the grapes. It’s vibrant and zesty now, with a touch of fresh thyme, potpourri and sandalwood. It might be a special cuvée, but don’t expect something more powerful than their classic Hermitage – this is only medium-bodied, but it’s exceptionally elegant, full of energy and vibrancy. At over 20 years old, this still feels youthful, with great tension and freshness. Very pretty berry fruits – ça pinote as they say in these parts, when a Syrah has something of a fine Pinot Noir about it. Though lovely now, it will be even better from 2025.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Syrah

Alcohol

11%

Bottle size

75cl

Drink dates

2019 - 2050

Origin

Country

France

Region

Rhône

Sub-region

Northern Rhône

Area

Hermitage AOP

Tasting Information

Blind

No

Tasted by

Matt Walls

UK Stockist

Yapp Brothers

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