Thursday, October 3, 2019

Jean-Louis Chave in Vinous and the Wine Spectator

Both Vinous and Wine Spectator have released bottle scores for the 2016 vintage of Domaine Jean-Louis Chave. With scores up to 98 points, this is a vintage to seek out. Also reviewed are Chave's Sélection wines, offering value in an often-pricey category.


The Chave family is based in a small village on the northern right bank of the Rhone. There have been Chaves growing vines on the famous Hermitage hill since 1481. Gerard Chave took over from his father in 1970 and rapidly achieved megastar status due to the extraordinary quality of his wines and has since passed on the winemaking responsibilities to his son Jean-Louis. The Chave’s methods for all their winemaking are traditional farming, super low yields, full ripeness, and minimal manipulation. Their unmatched meticulousness continues through five centuries to render venerable expressions of the purest of Rhône terroir.

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