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His wines offer freshness and an understated power. He achieves this by picking relatively late to ensure full ripeness and opting for a long maceration but a very gentle extraction. Use of oak has changed in the region, he says: ‘Once it was all old, then all new; now it is more balanced.’ He compares Hermitage to a traditional old England and Crozes-Hermitage to the United States, the land of opportunity: It’s possible to achieve something here... there are always new things happening.” Matt Walls
Yann Chave, Crozes Hermitage ‘Tradition’ 2012
Releasing his first vintage in 1996, Yann Chave is another of the up and coming producers that warrant serious attention. Drink 2014-2019.
2 Stars Guide Hachette