Jean-Louis Chave Selections, Hermitage Farconnet, 2016

$79.99

Just think: this is Hermitage made by the AOC’s greatest producer, yet it is also just about the most affordable Hermitage we can find from anyone. This includes some domaine fruit, and like his domaine Hermitage it is a blend of terroirs designed to offer a “complete” Hermitage experience.

Chave has his family domaine but also a negociant operation called Chave Selections that produces wines that are generally intended for drinking young. For a long time we have always marveled at the exceptional values coming out of that project. This is is not a normal negociant churning out factory-made wines. Chave grows much of the fruit himself, or sources it from small-holding family friends who are themselves traditional farmers from the region. The wine-making takes place at the Domaine and is given as much attention by JL Chave as his top wine. That’s why these values are so good!

Here is Raynolds' review from Vinous: "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."

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JL Chave Selections

Chave has his family domaine but also a negociant operation called Chave Selections that produces wines that are generally intended for drinking young. For a long time we have always marveled at the exceptional values coming out of that project. This is is not a normal negociant churning out factory-made wines. Chave grows much of the fruit himself, or sources it from small-holding family friends who are themselves traditional farmers from the region. The wine-making takes place at the Domaine and is given as much attention by JL Chave as his top wine. That’s why these values are so good!

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