jean-louis chave selections current releases
Cotes Du Rhone `Mon Coeur`
The Côtes du Rhône ‘Mon Coeur’ is always a blend of Syrah and Grenache, the percentages of each vary according to the vintages, and is sourced from Vinsobres, Visan, Buisson, and Estargues.
Crozes Hermitage Rouge `Silene`
The vineyards for Silène are hillside vineyards located in Larnage and Gervans. 50% of the Crozes comes from a parcel of young vines planted in 2003 and owned by Domaine Jean Louis Chave. The parcel is on the rear east-facing flank of the Hermitage hill. It is rare for Crozes to come from hillside granitic soil as most Crozes is situated on the alluvial valley floor.
The grapes are vinified at the Domaine using indigenous yeasts and aged for 18 months in 600 liter oak casks.
Saint Joseph Blanc `Circa`
"Circa," formally know as "Celeste," is a blend of old-vine Roussane planted in Mauves on granitic slopes. It is the only white made by Jean Louis that comes from granitic soil. The first vintage produced was 2009 after the purchase of a historic St. Joseph domaine. The wine has made such an impression on Jean-Louis that he continues to plant more Roussanne.
Saint Joseph Offerus
The project of Offerus has evolved since its first vintage of 1995. In the beginning, 100% of the wine was purchased from producers of high quality/ small quantity St Joseph domaines. Since the late 1990’s, Jean Louis Chave began purchasing and replanting parcels of St. Joseph. Currently, over 60% of the Offerus comes from these young vines owned by the Domaine JL Chave, which sells off the juice in bulk to JL Chave Selection for elevage and bottling.
The wine is fermented in large, wood, open top fermenters and then finished in old oak demi-muids (just like the Domaine St. Joseph).
"Blanche" comes mainly from the lieu-dit Maison Blanche which sits atop the hill of Hermitage.
"Farconnet" is sourced from three distinct parcels: Diognières, Péleat, and Greffieux. Depending on the vintage, it contains some domaine fruit that did not make it into the domaine Hermitage bottling along with purchased fruit from vignerons Jean-Louis knows well.