Yann Chave 2016 Pre Arrival Offer

Yann Chave has risen to a new level with 2016 vintage. When Magda and I visited in March the wines where singing, I have always really liked the wines and it is one of the great tastings on any trip to the Northern Rhone. This year Yann was very happy about the 2016 finished wines and the fact that the Rugby team he coaches had made the regional finals. Perhaps this enthusiasm rubbed off on the day but the wines had a greater density and expression of the special granitic soil of Hermitage, they were dense powerful wines, yet very fresh. Josh Raynolds obviously liked them also and he has tasted them twice scoring them all over 90 points.

We have been following Yann’s wines for over a decade now and the hard work he puts in the vineyard and the cellar are really starting to shine through in the wines, if you are a lover of Shiraz these are wine you should have in your cellar and start to drink from 2026. ALEX WILCOX


Yann Chave told me that he personally much prefers the style of 2016 to 2015 because tannic vintages take such a long time to come around. Fresher years such as '16 are drinking well after less than a decade, he says, and that’s the point where he likes to and recommends drinking his wines. When I visited Chave at the end of February he illustrated his point by serving his 2006 and 2005 Hermitages side by side and pointed out that while the '06 was flat-out delicious, the '05 was still showing its tannic bones. I told him that I thought the '05 (which I marginally preferred) still had a lot of gas left in its tank but he said that he worried that the fruit wasn't up to the wine's structure. JOSH RAYNOLDS