Three lovely Rhones: two Chaves and a La Turque

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Three lovely Rhones: two Chaves and a La Turque

milena francisco sommelier glasshouse

Had a great lunch at The Glasshouse restaurant in Kew yesterday, hosted by Keith Prothero. In attendance: Malcolm Thwaites, Greg Sherwood and me. The Glasshouse is such a great restaurant. I have never been disappointed with the food there: really beautifully presented, but also perfectly judged flavours. And the service is super – we were looked after so well, and new-ish sommelier Milena Francisco (pictured above) has really shaped the list there nicely.

We had eight exceptional wines, which I will write up in three posts, because they deserve the attention. It is so great to be able to actually drink wines like these: a quarter of a bottle each, rather than the small pours you get at a larger gathering. There’s only limited joy in a single mouthful of truly great wine. So I’ll start with the three Rhones. We tasted everything blind, so my notes are a mix of blind and sighted descriptors.
chave hermitage

Chave Hermitage Blanc 1990 Northern Rhone, France
Quite deep yellow in colour. Mature nose with toast, apricot, nuts and some honey. The palate is rich, and although it is dry, it has a sort of resolved sweetness, and attractive crystalline fruits, with a broad texture and low acidity. Beautifully expressive with a lovely mineral core to the sweet fruit. 94/100

Chave Hermitage 1983 Northern Rhone, France
Very mineral with notes of tar, mint, herbs and spice on the nose. This is probably the best example of this vintage that I’ve tried. Savoury and spicy on the palate with good detail and nice acidity. Linear and precise with good purity, and hints of earth. Showing real finesse. 95/100
Guigal la Turque

Guigal La Turque Cote Rotie 1986 Northern Rhone, France
This took quite a while to reveal itself, initially coming across as shy and reserved. It’s quite iodine with savoury spices and minerals, as well as some earthiness, but very nicely focused cherry and raspberry fruit. Sanguine, with notes of blood and iron filings adding interest to the fresh fruit and more mineral characters. Worth the wait to see it come round. 95/100

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5 thoughts on “Three lovely Rhones: two Chaves and a La Turque

  1. Thanks for notes Jamie. I agree completely that up to six is the ideal number for such lunches ,as not only do you get good pours but also the time to drink the wine over the course of the lunch. Amazing how the wine evolves and often improves significantly during the meal The La Turque was an excellent example of this

  2. on the subject of tastings. If you’re ever in CT again try and organise a tasting with Pieter from http://www.blankbottle.co.za

    Had an evening with him the other day and he brought some of his wines, what a fantastic evening, great wines, great stories and a great guy.

    I even managed to arrange to work with him for a week next year during his harvest time. Going to be great and really looking forward to doing something I’ve wanted to do for years.

  3. I imagine the wines came from KPs cellar? First time I have come across BlankBottle, wonder how he sells them?

  4. word of mouth basically and he sells out quickly. You can also buy from his site and he delivers. They really are good wine

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