Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Sélection 'Farconnet' Rouge 2016
"Saturated ruby. Mineral- and spice-accented aromas of fresh dark berries, licorice and candied violet show excellent delineation, clarity and lift. At once rich and energetic in the mouth, offering juicy black raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors that steadily deepen on the back half. Turns sweeter on the persistent, penetrating finish, which features well-knit tannins and lingering floral and exotic spice notes. This is quite graceful, and while it will no doubt reward patience, it's awfully easy to drink now. 94/100."
Josh Raynolds - Vinous.com
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, a little Péléat. 400 cases produced.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Hermitage|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Charcuterie|
|Cellarage||Drink 2019 to 2033.|
|Vinification||80% of the purchased crop is destemmed prior to a 3-4 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 (%)||14.5|
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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