A great wine, the 2006 Chave is deep purple with a black core. The nose is vivid and complex, with seemingly contradictory aromas: ripe strawberries, which I associate with a lighter wine, but also musk, leather, toffee, bacon fat. Powerful and intense, with that ripe fruit, but cradled in soft, dense tannins and lifted by serious acidity, like a burgundy. Sipping this, I was somehow reminded of stewed rhubarb (in a positive way). Endless finish... A great wine, just reaching early maturity.
8 Vintages of Chave tasted at VVW (2004-2011) Groups #8 and my #7 wine of the tasting. Some funky bretty aromas mar the nose. Beneath the funk there are some sour cherry and coffee notes. The palate is rounder, sweeter and ultimately the most simple of this lineup.
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(Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage) Dark purple red violet color; toast, tart currant, mineral, tart plum nose; tasty, tight, tart currant, smoky, very tart plum, mineral palate with incipient bacon fat; needs 3 years; long finish 92+ points