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‘Ullage is the best guide you have to the condition of a bottle of wine, especially if you don’t know for certain how it’s been stored.’ Matt Walls ( 2018)

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Domaine Jean Louis Chave, Hermitage, Rouge, 2003

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Type Wine (Still)
Colour Red
Alcohol Content 15
Vintage 2003
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub Region Hermitage
Critic Review
Critic Review
2004 and 2003 Rhone Valley Wines (Jan 2006)

Now we take the monster out of his cage, Jean-Louis warned me before pouring this. Inky, almost black in color. Elemental, hugely concentrated and powerful on the nose, which slowly unveils aromas of dark cherry liqueur, blackberry, cassis, espresso and a deep note of sweet tobacco. Impossibly rich and dense on the palate (the yields in 2003 were off by two-thirds), showing myriad dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors, with a suggestion of tapenade and an intense licorice quality. Remarkably, this takes on a mineral tone on the finish, which has the effect of further drawing out the amazingly powerful finish.

Josh Raynolds - 98

2003 and 2002 Northern Rhone Wines (Jan 2005)

From Beaumes: Ruby-red. Superripe aromas of black cherry, gunflint and spices. Sweet and liqueur-like in the mouth, with an almost jammy ripeness. But this very powerful, lush sample saturates the palate and lingers impressively. From Peleat, with a bit of Rocoules due to the tiny volume in 2003: Saturated medium ruby. Currant, minerals, tar and black pepper, along with an animal aspect. Offers confectionery sweetness on the palate, with flavors of red berry jam and pepper. A sample of extraordinary power, not to mention alcohol (16+%). Explosive finishing flavor of spicecake. From Diognieres, with a bit of Beaumes: Ruby-red. Aromas of jammy fruit, leather, earth and iron. Quite tight and closed today, dominated by its huge structure. A much drier sample, with a finishing note of chocolate. From L'Hermite with Bessards: Bright ruby-red. Expressive aromas of currant, licorice, tar, smoked meat, gunflint and minerals. Juicy and tightly wound, with superb precision and sound acidity. Very minerally and imploded. Quite tannic and backward. A superb sample. L'Hermite on its own: Saturated medium ruby. Aromas of currant, minerals and licorice. Extremely dense and powerful, with wonderfully sweet dark berries and spices. A great combination of freshness and sheer confectionery sweetness. Explosive finish features huge but thoroughly ripe tannins. All Bessards: Full ruby. Knockout nose of blueberry, blackberry, licorice and gunflint: pure granite. Superconcentrated, palate-staining fruit shows a liqueur-like sweetness but also miraculously comes off as fresh. This has the flesh to support its huge, building tannins. The most staggeringly long sample of wine I put in my mouth on my recent tour of the Northern Rhone Valley. A monster, but elegant, notes Chaves. From Meal (never racked): Medium ruby. Bright, multifaceted nose combines bitter cherry, licorice, pepper, flowers, bitter chocolate, tar and minerals. Voluminous and liqueur-like, with confectionery sweetness of fruit. Finishes hugely tannic but ripe, with palate-staining maraschino cherry flavor. The same juice from a new barrel showed much more torrefaction, but also a captivating note of violet and equal length. The ultimate blend in 2003 should make for a monumental Hermitage.

Stephen Tanzer - 96-99

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