Thursday, November 14, 2019

Jean-Louis Chave Covers Wine Spectator

Renowned Rhône producer Jean-Louis Chave is the cover story for the November 30, 2019 issue of Wine Spectator. Senior editor James Molesworth draws on years of interactions with Chave to paint a picture of the estate as it is now, moving from strength to strength. Molesworth highlights Jean-Louis' commitment to Saint-Joseph, an appellation that doesn't receive the same acclaim as neighboring Hermitage, but that nonetheless has boundless potential. A major part of Chave's innovation as the 16th generation of his family's storied estates is to deliver a Saint-Joseph that rivals the best of the Northern Rhône. As Molesworth writes:
"I've been stopping in here regularly for over 15 years and it's been amazing to watch Chave's project on the hillsides above the town itself. Chave has been resurrecting abandoned terraces, planting Syrah bit by bit, for his St.-Joseph. Young vines go into the négociant label, Jean-Louis Chave Sélection. When the parcels come of age and/or the quality rises to the requisite level for Chave, the fruit then goes into the estate bottling. In many respects, Chave seems more focused on this project than on his Hermitage, though the latter has hardly been forsaken. But the St.-Joseph project has taken up much of Chave's time. And he can finally see the end. Though time here is relative. 'I should be done with the planting in another 10, maybe 15 years,' says Chave with his customary air of modesty. He's been saying that for a while now."

The November issue is on newsstands now, and contains a wealth of information about the estate, as well as reviews of the most recent vintages. Congratulations to Jean-Louis!

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