Yann Chave

Yann took over from his father, Bernard Chave, and in 2001 the name of the Domaine became Yann Chave. It consists of 16,77 Ha of Crozes Rouge, 1,20 Ha of Hermitage, 1,50 Ha of Crozes Blanc. The Rouvre is a single parcel in Chassis, his best parcel of Crozes, very "caillouteux" (large rounded stones) and the vines average 60 years-old. It is pure "vin de goutte" and is aged entirely in 1-2 year old demi-muids. The Hermitage is from two parcels, one in Baumes (next to Le Méal) and the other in Péléat: average age is 30 years. The wine is aged in 600L demi-muids, a size well-suited for Syrah and does not over oak the wine. Yann harvests late, for maximum phenolic ripeness. He has very little Hermitage, but makes one of the best-value Crozes-Hermitage available.

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Yann Chave Le Rouvre Croze-Hermitage 2011
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "Coming from 55-year-old vines and aged one-third in new oak, the 2011 Crozes Hermitage Rouvre is 100% Syrah and comes all from the southern part of the appellation. Deeper and richer than the classic cuvee, it offers medium to full-bodied richness, fine tannin and plenty of

Yann Chave 'Cuvee Classique' Croze Hermitage 2009
92  Robert Parker 
Empire Wine Best Value  Wine Spectator 91 "Dark and still quite tight, with serious structure framing the dark currant, plum compote and fig paste notes. The long finish is muscular but refined, with lingering iron and violet notes. Best from 2012 through 2015. 150 cases imported"  Robert

Yann Chave 'Le Rouvre' Crozes Hermitage 2006
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92"Sweet and ripe, with lots of mocha, dark licorice, plum sauce and fruitcake flavors backed by a fine-grained structure and a long, mineral-tinged finish. Shows nice weight for the appellation. Drink now through 2011. 150 cases imported. "