Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Sélection 'Blanche' 2018
Pure Marsanne sourced mainly from the 'Maison Blanche' lieu-dit at the top of the hill of Hermitage and bottled under the 'J-L Chave Sélection' label - this wine receives the full Chave level of meticulous quality control. Don't be misled by its very reasonable price tag, this is a complex wine with a decade's ageing potential.
As opposed to the Chave's Domaine Hermitage (which is exclusively sourced from their own vineyards), the 'Blanche' includes bought in grapes from 50 to 60 year old vines. 400 cases produced.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Hermitage|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Marsanne|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drink from release, can be carefully cellared for up to 10 years.|
|Vinification||Fermented in barriques and then aged in barriques for 18 to 24 months.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||15|
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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