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."
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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.

About this wine
Style Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine Region Rhône, Hermitage
Grape Variety (Cépage) Syrah
Food & Wine Matching Beef, Charcuterie
Viticulture Non-Organic
Vintage 2016
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

Gérard & Jean-Louis Chave

'De Père en Fils Depuis 1481' (from father to son since 1481) is the impressive statement that graces every bottle of Chave Hermitage. The Chaves farm 13.9 hectares (of Hermitage’s 132 hecatres) comprising 9.3 hectares of Syrah spread across 7 different climats and 4.6 hectares of Marsanne and Roussanne (in an 80% to 20% respective ratio). Gérard Chave (born in 1935) started working with his father in the late 1960s and was joined by his son Jean-Louis (born in 1968) in 1992 on completion of his viticultural studies at University of California, Davis and an MBA at Hartford. The Chaves are famous for their fastidious and skilful blending as their extensive vine-holdings give them a very broad palette of fruit to work with. Jean-Louis married his American wife Erin Cannon-Chave in 2003 and they have two children Louis (born 2006) and Emma (born 2008). In 2006 Jean-Louis Chave became President of the Hermitage Wine-Producers Association. As well as producing superb red and white Hermitage (which represent for many the benchmarks of the appellation) the Chaves also produce an excellent red Saint Joseph as well as a popular range of négociant wines.

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