The Chave family is the epitome of People, Place and Time. They have been vignerons in the Rhône valley since 1481, passing the torch from father to son for an astonishing 16 generations. Originally the family farmed only in St. Joseph and moved to Hermitage about a century ago when phylloxera swept through the region. Today their 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 his family has farmed for centuries and has slowly begun to acquire and restore more of the steep plots that were abandoned in the wake of the pyhlloxera (today most of the AC's production comes from the valley bottom and not the steep well exposed hillsides). This is very compelling news for lovers of Rhône wines since historically St. Joseph has been the most underrated appellation in the Northern Rhône.
Having centuries of experience has resulted in simple and effective practices resulting in brilliant wines. There are no secrets here – exemplary farming, low yields, minimal new oak, minimal intervention and no filtering.
Jean Louis has also produces négociant wines under the JL Chave selection label from St. Joseph “Offerus”, Crozes Hermitage “SIlene”, Côtes-du-Rhône "Mon Coeur" and a more affordable Hermitage Rouge and Blanc. We have personally cellared several of these cuvees for more than 10 years. The wines are supremely age-worthy and are exceptional value!