The Chave family has been producing wines in the northern Rhône Valley
for 16 generations, gradually purchasing vineyard properties in the Saint-Joseph
appellations. Gerard Chave
took over the family business in 1970 and forged an international reputation for the estate's wines, also expanding its land holdings in Hermitage to 14 hectares (35 acres). Gerard's son, Jean-Louis Chave
joined the family company in 1992, continuing the family's tradition of purchasing and replanting vineyards, and also founded the family's negociant label JL Chave Selection.
At the heart of the Jean-Louis Chave estate
is the diverse mosaic of parcels. In Hermitage, their 35 hectares of vineyards are spread across 9 "lieux-dits
," some of which are home to very old Syrah
vines (up to 60 years of age). These vineyards are managed organically and the wines produced with minimal intervention winemaking. The estate relies on 16 generations of savoir-faire to produce the Jean-Louis Chave flagship Hermitage Red and White wines, incredibly complex blends of grapes harvested in these many different lieux-dits.
Their Hermitage red
is based on rich and ripe Syrah from the clay and limestone soils of the Meal and Bessards Vineyards. Meanwhile, the Hermitage white
is produced from mostly old vine Marsanne
from the family's Peleat monopole plot, along with Roussanne
. This is a Hermitage white wine a remarkable potential for age, evolving layered, nuanced aromas over time. The estate's Saint-Joseph red
is produced from the historical center of this prestigious appellation, and offers gorgeous blackberry, olive, violet and smoky aromas.
The Jean-Louis Chave range also includes wines from all over the northern Rhone, including a Côtes-du-Rhone blend "Mon Coeur
," Crozes-Hermitage "Silene
," and "Offerus
from fruit harvested in Mauves and St-Jean-de-Muzols.
Praised by wine critics world-wide, the wines of Jean-Louis Chave are best known as capturing the essence of the iconic Hermitage and Saint-Joseph appellations
in the glass, as well as offering wine lovers a taste of some of the other wine producing areas of the northern Rhône.