2015 Jean Louis Chave Saint-Joseph "Offerus"
Some experts feel that the greatest maker of Hermitage is the firm of Jean-Louis Chave. The Chave family has been growing grapes at Hermitage since 1481. They have a reputation for making good wine in poor years, and excellent wine in good ones. They use low yeilding vines (average age 60 years) and a late harvest to produce the ripest fruit, and there is virtually no intervention in the winemaking and bottling with no filtration. There are a dozen or so named vineyards in Hermitage, and Chave owns vines in most of them. They vinify each separately, which allows them to blend for greater complexity before bottling. —————————— 93 Pts - Wine Spectator Intense, with a racy graphite edge driving the core of crushed plum and cherry fruit along with dried anise, fruitcake and black tea notes run along the edges, adding range and texture.