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The Chave family is the epitome of 'People, Place and Time'. They have been vignerons in the Rhône valley since 1481 - an astonishing 16 generations. Originally the family farmed only in St. Joseph, moving to Hermitage about a century ago when phylloxera swept through the region. Today Chave Hermitage Rouge and Hermitage Blanc are generally regarded as the appellation's greatest wines. In recent years Jean Louis has begun the painstaking process of restoring the steep St. Joseph terraces that...
Under the purplish red colour, the nose is medium and complex. Enjoy this dry, medium-bodied and spicy red featuring refreshing acidity. On the palate, it showcases smooth tannins and a broad mouthfeel that leads into a medium finish.
Established on the southern side of the Rhône in the town of Mauves, in Ardèche, the Chave family comes from Saint-Joseph. This wine is made with 50% old vines from Mauves and 50% young vines from St-Jean-de-Muzols. The trading part tends to decrease, whereas the proportion of grapes originating from plots bought by the Chaves is increasing.
Jean-Louis Chave is acclaimed for everything he produces, including his négoce cuvées. Like the man, the wines have a great deal of character. Fruit is partially de-stemmed. Fermentation is carried out in concrete vats and oak casks. No filtration prior to bottling.