Description

The Chaves have been growing vines on the famous Hermitage hill for over 500 years. The domaine produces a red St Joseph ‘Offerus’ (made in equal proportions from senior vines in Mauves and St –Jean-de Muzols), an acclaimed Vin de Paille, but their reputation is built on their superb red Hermitage (Syrah with the addtion of 15% white grapes) and white Hermitage (85% Marsanne and 15% Roussanne). The Chaves own 15 hectares of vines on the Hermitage and crucially their Hermitage holding is spread across 9 of the 18 climates on the hill. The grapes are partially de-stemmed and then fermented in a combination of open wooden vats and cement cuves. The wine is matured in a combination of large wooden foudres and small wooden casks (a proportion of which will be new) for 12-18 months. All Chave wines are bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Notes

An amazing wine from the legendary Jean-Louis Chave from sourced grapes around the Rhône Valley, and some even say grapes are sourced from Châteauneuf du Pape. Roughly a 50/50 blend of Grenache and Syrah that is both juicy and meaty. Light floral notes, raspberry, cherry, dark berries, and licorice. Cracked pepper and spice with medium body and lingering tannins make this a bit more serious than many other CdR on the market.