Yann Chave - Hermitage - red - 2017 - 750 ml
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“Yann Chave's 2017 Hermitage is another successful wine. There's a slightly herbal element that stands out, a mix of redcurrants and cassis. Medium to full-bodied, it's creamy, supple and long on the palate, with silky tannins marking the finish. Yann Chave's Hermitage is a fine, elegant example and of remarkably consistent quality in recent years.”Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate
The adventure all began with Yann’s parents. They decided to settle in the area, on a four-hectare site, at the beginning of the 70s. Their first harvests were sold to local merchants, and from 1973 onwards, they began to make their own wine.
In 1996, Yann decided to work on the wine-growing part of the estate. The estate was certified organic in 2007. Today, located at the heart of Crozes-Hermitage appellation, the estate extends to 20 hectares, with 1.2 hectares on the mythical Hermitage hillside.
Vinification: After 100% destemming, vinification is as gentle as possible: gentle pressing is not performed, twice-daily pumping over is preferred, with vinification temperatures of under 28°C. After de-vatting, wine is placed in new and one-year-old demi-muids. Malolactic fermentation takes place in these barrels, and wine is kept here for 12 months. After this maturing phase, the wine will then spend 6 months in a vat to decant naturally prior to bottling.
Maturing: Decant if to be drunk immediately. It may be laid down for 10 to 15 years.
Pairing: Roast duck breast fillet, creamy polenta, Grilled Mezenc rib steak with truffled mashed potatoes, Creamy Brillât Savarin or Chaource cheese.