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IronGate Fine Wine Auction

Tue, Feb 6, 2024 10:00AM EST - Tue, Feb 13, 2024 08:00PM EST
  • 2010
  • 750ml
  • France
  • Rhone
  • Rhone Valley North
  • Hermitage
  • Syrah
  • Red
  • 100 points
  • EE3426
  • EE3437
Lot 25

2010 Domaine Jean Louis Chave Hermitage - 750ml - 12 bottle(s)

Estimate: CAD$11,000 - CAD$15,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
CAD$0 CAD$20
CAD$500 CAD$50
CAD$1,000 CAD$100
CAD$2,000 CAD$200
CAD$3,000 CAD$250
CAD$5,000 CAD$500
CAD$10,000 CAD$1,000
CAD$20,000 CAD$2,000
CAD$50,000 CAD$5,000
CAD$100,000 CAD$10,000
This lot is comprised of 12 bottle(s) of 2010 Domaine Jean Louis Chave Hermitage - 750ml. Estimate for this lot is between $11000 - $15000 with a reserve of $8500. The bottles in this lot come from collection 10232.
This Ontario collector was one of Iron Gate’s very first storage clients. He purchased directly through the LCBO and local agents over the years, and many of the bottles have not left our temperature and humidity controlled, subterranean vault since they arrived
The score for 2010 Domaine Jean Louis Chave Hermitage is 100 from Robert Parker and the tasting note - Pure perfection, the 2010 Hermitage reminds Jean-Louis Chave of their 1990. It appears to be a richer, fresher example of what I remember the 1990 tasting like in 1992. The wine exhibits an opaque purple color along with an extraordinary bouquet of sweet blackberry fruit intermixed with creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, acacia flowers, bouquet garni, meat and crushed rocks. Full-bodied and stunningly rich with laser-like precision, this is a powerful, massive yet exceptionally well-balanced wine that should be forgotten for a decade and drunk over the following 30-40 years. I have had the privilege of tasting at this brilliant family-owned estate for over 30 years. During that time, I have seen first-hand the glory of a true evolution from father Gerard Chave to his son, Jean-Louis, and of course, the Chave family has been doing this since 1472. It is one of those small but world-class wine enterprises that is truly inspiring. Tasting through the different vineyards before their newest red and white Hermitages are blended is an education in the different terroirs of that famous dome of largely decomposed granite mixed with gravel and clay. Jean-Louis Chave characterized the 2011 vintage as challenging, where one had to perform draconian crop-thinning and selections in the winery. All the St.-Joseph vineyards are located on steep hillsides near the Chaves’ home village of Mauves, to as far north as St.-Jean de Muzols and Ste.-Epine as well as those once known as Clos Florentin.