Cet hermitage, sélection des meilleurs parcelles du lieu-dit des Bessards, est un grand vin de garde. Avec le temps apparaîtront des notes d'épices et de garrigue. More info
The Syrah wines of Jean-Louis Chave, in this cuvée, grow in an Hermitage lieu-dit known as Les Bessards. Overlooking the confluence of the Rhône and Doux rivers, its soil is granitic, enhancing the depth of the wine. The vines are a hundred years old, and the best parcels are blended to produce this wine, which will be matured for about 18 months in oak barrels. The bouquet is dominated by delicious blackcurrant aromas. In the mouth, the blackcurrant becomes more complex as it combines with animal, vegetal flavours. The balance is irreproachable.
The Chave family has been making wine in the Rhone since the end of the 15th Century when a local lord granted them a vineyard plot. Jean-Louis Chave, son of Gérard, is currently at the helm of this mythical property on the Colline de l’Hermitage and continues to set himself challenges. The most recent of these was his acquisition of the phylloxera-devastated Clos Florentin in 2009. He also revived some vineyard parcels on the slopes of Bachasson in the Saint-Joseph appellation in the 1990s. The domain strives to bring out the best in its terroirs but does not produce single parcel wines or "super cuvées". The only exception to this is cuvée Cathelin which is named after a deceased artist friend of the winegrower. This cuvée is only produced in noteworthy years and production is limited to 2000 bottles. Jean-Louis Chave strives to perpetuate the domain’s distinctive style of wine, staying faithful to the ancestral practices that forged its reputation. This means carefully controlled yields, no artificial herbicides or fertilisers, harvesting grapes as late as possible to achieve optimum ripeness, and a very low intervention winemaking process to allow the wine to develop as it chooses. Each parcel’s crop is vinified and barrel-aged separately so that it fully expresses its distinctive character. This is what gives the final blend its beautiful complexity.
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A white Hermitage with a rare creaminess, yet still well balanced thanks to its freshness ...
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