Hermitage Blanche. Domaine Jean-Louis Chave 2007
This wine is a negociant project for JL Chave. 60% of the juice comes from Chave’s own vineyards and 40% he sources from people whose wines he drinks. It is roughly 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussane. The wine is waxy, with flavors of apricot and pear. It is aged for 12 months in old oak barrels and then blended into stainless vats and left to settle until bottling. Makers Notes
The Chave family have been involved in wine making in the northern Rhone valley since 1481. Jean-Louis Chave is the current boss and an exponent of organic viticulture.The Domaine is mainly in Hermitage but also operates as a negociant in other AOC's although he has bought some plots inb Saint-Joseph.