1997 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Hermitage Rhône France Wine Tasting Note

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1997
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Elegant, and refined in character, the fruits are fresh, bright, pure,, soft and vibrant. The wine is earthy, with tobacco, dried flowers, cigar box, and smoky red fruits. I love how this is showing today. No decanting needed. Drink from 2024-2037.

Elegant, and refined in character, the fruits are fresh, bright, pure,, soft and vibrant. The wine is earthy, with tobacco, dried flowers, cigar box, and smoky red fruits. I love how this is showing today. No decanting needed. Drink from 2024-2037.

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Splash decanted, it took no time at all for the earthy, smoky, stony, ripe red berries, pepper, barnyard and touch of orange citrus aromas to pop up. The wine is medium/bodied, fresh, almost bright and elegant with a sweetness to the fruits and soft textures in the finish. This is drinking at peak today. I’m going to finish my remaining few bottles over the next 4-5 years.

Splash decanted, it took no time at all for the earthy, smoky, stony, ripe red berries, pepper, barnyard and touch of orange citrus aromas to pop up. The wine is medium/bodied, fresh, almost bright and elegant with a sweetness to the fruits and soft textures in the finish. This is drinking at peak today. I’m going to finish my remaining few bottles over the next 4-5 years.

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Soft, silky, fresh, sweet cherries, earth and stone in personality, this was incredibly easy to drink with pleasure. This is a finesse styled Chave Hermitage with a lot of charm and easy drinkability.

Soft, silky, fresh, sweet cherries, earth and stone in personality, this was incredibly easy to drink with pleasure. This is a finesse styled Chave Hermitage with a lot of charm and easy drinkability.

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Black cherry, blackberry, pepper, earth, iron and spice notes made up the perfume. Kirsch, crushed rock, green olive tapenade and stemmy flavors were found in the finish, Close to fully mature. This is a forward style of Chave.

Black cherry, blackberry, pepper, earth, iron and spice notes made up the perfume. Kirsch, crushed rock, green olive tapenade and stemmy flavors were found in the finish, Close to fully mature. This is a forward style of Chave.

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When to Drink JL Chave, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Domaine JL Chave is not a wine that can be enjoyed young The wine needs time, at least 10 years or more and needed before the wine becomes civilized. At that point, 1-3 hours of decanting are recommended to allow the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Domaine JL Chave is usually better with 10-15 of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages, the wine should be consumed within 15-45 years after the vintage.

Serving JL Chave with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

JL Chave is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Domaine JL Chave is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, barbecued, and grilled dishes as well as smoked meats. Domaine JL Chave is also good with Asian dishes, and hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, cheese, and pasta.

The white wine of Domaine JL Chave is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork, and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.