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Friday, 23 September 2011

Yann Chave "Le Rouvre" Crozes-Hermitage 2009

From a tiny single-vineyard, 'Le Rouvre' is from Domaine Yann Chave, whose parents started out in Croze-Hermitage in 1970 with 1 hectare planted.  Roll forward to 1996, when Yann finishes his military duties and takes the family business in a more quality oriented direction, come 2007 the family has some 20 hectares under vine.

The first thing you notice about this wine is the vivid colour, it could stain the glass, it will certainly stain your teeth. Dark fruit, florals, cola and black pepper leap out of the glass.  The palate: incredibly smooth, silken - barrel ageing adding detail to the wine; medium bodied. There's a touch of black earth, lovely rich spice, raspy tannin that coats the mouth and works with the spice to provide an exemplary finish. 

Those based in Australia and keen to try this wine can obtain it through the Prince Wine Store ($60).  When I saw this wine in the UK, the name was familiar, and on returning home I realised I had tasted the 2007 (not written up) at the Plumm Wine Glass tasting where I had the pleasure of the Vincent Paris Le Geynale Cornas (also available at the Prince Wine Store). 

Price: 18.47 GBP
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Cork

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