Northern Rhône Offer: Yann Chave's Crozes-Hermitages

Friday, September 21
Northern Rhône Offer: Yann Chave's Crozes-Hermitages



Refined, succulent Syrah-based reds with crushed-stone minerality and peppery spice are just the thing for autumn, especially paired with venison.  The Rhône has been blessed with a string of good vintages and we’ve long felt the wines are overlooked.  The less famous Northern villages – Cornas, St Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage et al – used to grace cellars of private houses, colleges and clubs in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but knowledge of them seems to have been lost. Aside from a few starry names, the most exciting domaines are often not as well known as they deserve to be. 

Yann Chave’s parents established the family domaine in the ‘70s with just a couple of hectares, but Yann himself focused on wine from 1996 and has built the estate to 20 hectares; one of Hermitage and the remainder on the finest terroirs of the appellations – including the Chassis plains.  The soils here give high pH wines, with softer acidity and a more open fruit character. 

Yann balances this natural opulence with a restrained approach in the winery, fermenting in stainless steel and aging his wines in inert large oak barrels.  The results, below, are a string of ‘mini-Hermitages’, open and vibrant now, but with the promise of developing complexity over the next decade and beyond.


2016 Crozes-Hermitage, Yann Chave

Intense and opaque in the glass, suggesting a concentration which is immediately confirmed on the nose; dark black and red fruits, balanced by white pepper and complex crushed stone minerality.  Wonderfully persistent blueberry and mulberry fruits on the mid-palate and finish, wrapped up in that same peppery spice and fine grained tannins. RKL

"Bright violet. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of fresh dark berries, violet, licorice and cola, lent vivacity by a subtle peppery nuance. Silky and open-knit, offering juicy blueberry and cherry flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. The smoke and floral qualities repeat on a long, focused finish framed by gentle, even tannins. 90 points" Josh Reynolds,

"The 2016 Crozes Hermitage features dark notes of asphalt, plum and licorice in a medium to full-bodied format, with a ripe, creamy mid-palate. Already approachable, it finishes with supple tannins and a burst of peppery spice. It should drink well for another 6-7 years. 90 points" Joe Czerwinski,

"A dark, smoky, meaty expression - there's definitely a touch of the barbeque about this wine. It is medium to full-bodied, with good weight of fruit and ripe tannins. It has good weight and ripeness of fruit on the mid-palate, with good presence and intensity. Drinking Window 2018 - 2021. 92 points" Matt Walls, Decanter Magazine

20 cases £150 per dozen bottles in bond


2016 Crozes-Hermitage 'Le Rouvre', Yann Chave

"(one-third new oak) Lurid ruby. Powerful aromas of dark berry liqueur, pungent flowers and smoky minerals pick up a hint of incense with aeration. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering ripe, spice-tinged blackberry and cherry flavors and a touch of spicecake. Closes on a sweet violet pastille note, featuring impressive persistence, supple tannins and an echo of peppery spices. 92 points" Josh Reynolds,

"A deeply herbal, resinous style of Crozes on the nose. It is full-bodied and rich in fruit, with ample, ripe tannins. They are slightly furry but with an overall sense of freshness. The long finish displays a hint of menthol. This is a big wine, probably the best of the 'big Crozes beasts', and will give pleasure for years to come. Drinking Window 2018-2023. 93 points" Matt Walls, Decanter Magazine

5 cases £195 per dozen bottles in bond


2015 Crozes-Hermitage 'Le Rouvre', Yann Chave

"(sourced from 60-year-old vines in Chassis, at Pont de l'Isère, and raised in new and used demi-muids) Inky ruby. Sexy, mineral-tinged red and dark berry aromas show excellent clarity and pick up suggestions of woodsmoke and olive with aeration. Sweet and broad in the mouth, offering intense black raspberry and boysenberry flavors and a touch of star anise. Blends power and elegance with a smooth hand and finishes long and juicy, displaying excellent focus and smooth tannins that sneak up slowly. 92-93 points" Josh Reynolds,

"From 50-year-old vines grown near the Pont de l'Isere, the 2015 Crozes Hermitage le Rouvre is a terrific effort. Aged in demi-muids, only five to ten percent of which are new, it's full-bodied and creamy in texture, ripe without being over-ripe, and loaded with blueberries, cassis and spice. Priced in the mid $30 range (I've seen it for less in Europe), it's a screaming deal. Drink 2018-2030. 93 points" Joe Czerwinski,

5 cases at £195 per dozen bottles in bond


2014 Crozes-Hermitage 'Le Rouvre', Yann Chave

"The flagship Crozes Hermitage release is the 2014 Crozes Hermitage Le Rouvre. This medium-bodied effort also offers classic Northern Rhône notes of dark fruits, earth, pepper and assorted background meatiness. Medium-bodied, nicely textured, elegant and fresh, it does well in the vintage and should drink nicely through 2022. 88 points" Jeb Dunnock,

"Bright violet. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe blue fruits, allspice and pungent flowers, along with a hint of vanilla in the background. Sweet and open-knit, displaying good heft to the juicy blueberry, cassis and spicecake flavors. Shows very good depth as well as energy and closes smooth and broad, with supple tannins shaping the juicy fruit. 91 points" Josh Reynolds,

5 cases at £175 per dozen bottles in bond


Minimum order:  one case of 12 bottles
Payment:  on receipt of invoice
Shipment: October 2018
Delivery: delivery, duty & VAT charged at prevailing rates at time of clearance from bond

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