Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Sélection 'Farconnet' Rouge 2015
"Ripe and fleshy in feel, with an open-knit personality to the mix of steeped blackberry and black cherry compote flavors, backed by warmed anise, smoldering black tea and loam notes. Offers well-integrated grip through the finish, making this approachable while giving it staying power. Drink now through 2032. 25 cases imported. 94/100."
James Molesworth - Wine Spectator
An aromatic, approachable and 'bon marché' Hermitage for anyone looking for a window on this iconic appellation or wine-making dynasty. Although made from brought-in grapes and bottled under their 'J-L Chave Sélection' label, this wine receives the full Chave level of meticulous quality control.
As opposed to the Chave's Domaine Hermitage, which is exclusively sourced from their own vineyards, the 'Farconnet' (named after a lord who sold the Chave family their first parcel of Hermitage) includes Syrah grapes that Jean-Louis buys in from the lieux-dits - Les Diognières, Les Greffieux, and little Péléat.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Hermitage|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Casserole, Mushrooms, Pheasant and Game|
|Cellarage||Drink 2018 to 2032.|
|Vinification||80% of the purchased crop is destemmed prior to a 3 to 4 week vinification. Around 20% of the wine is matured in new oak, the balance in old oak barriques for 24 months before bottling in the spring.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14|
Jean-Louis Chave Sélection
The 1995 vintage was the first vintage Jean-Louis produced under his 'négociant' label 'Sélection'. Purchasing Syrah grapes from good friends in Saint-Joseph, it formed the basis for a range that includes a red and white St Joseph named 'Offerus' and 'Circa respectively, a Crozes-Hermitage ''Silène'', 'Mon Coeur' Côtes-du-Rhône and a Hermitage Rouge 'Farconnet' and 'Blanche'. At the same time, the Chave family began restoring derelict vineyards in Saint-Joseph, the fruit from which now forms the basis of several of these wines. The 'Sélection' wines receive as much care and attention as the Domaine wines and their quality shows Jean-Louis' commitment to the region and drive for accessibility at keen prices.
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