J.L. Chave Selections

Circa

2021
Saint-Joseph
No. Rhône Valley
France
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Varietals
Marsanne, Roussanne
$37
Flavors & Quality
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Honey Honey
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COLOR
Pale Gold
BODY
ACIDITY
SWEET
ALCOH.
13.5%
GRAPE(S)
Marsanne, Roussanne
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Why this wine made the cut…
Quality is what matters, not name reputation. That said, Chave is a Rhône OG and his wines sing at every level.
Saint-Joseph, Northern Rhône Valley
GRAPE VARIETAL(S)
Marsanne
Mar-SAN
Marsanne is principally a Rhone varietal (can also be found in the U.S. and Australia) that makes full-bodied wines with moderate acidity. However, it is often blended with Roussanne and Viognier, especially in the Northern Rhone, to make rich wines with floral aromatics.
Roussanne
Roo-SAN
Rousanne is a high quality, aromatic, white Rhone varietal often blended with Marsanne in Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, and St. Joseph. Rousanne is more aromatic than Marsanne, often with a refreshing floral, and slightly herbal perfume, and has higher acidity that provides it better ability to age gracefully.
Country / State
France
Region
No. Rhône Valley
Sub Region
Saint-Joseph
Producer
J.L. Chave Selections
Winemaker(s)
Jean-Louis Chave
Vintage
2021
JL Chave's Vineyard SlopesJL Chave's Vineyard Slopes

J.L. Chave Selections

Saint-Joseph, Northern Rhône Valley

Jean-Louis Chave is the rare 18th-generation winemaker who continues to carry the torch of an estate that began in 1481 and continues to have the deserved distinction of being one of the finest producers in the Northern Rhône Valley. 

JL Chave's grape clustersJL Chave's grape clusters
JL Chave's fermenting vats of mustJL Chave's fermenting vats of must

Jean-Louis Chave makes traditional wines that exude a perfect balance of power and nuance achieved through low yields, strict vineyard management, minimal new oak, and slight intervention with no filtering. 

The Chave estate does not produce single-site cuvées; rather both their Hermitage and St. Joseph wines are a blend of family-run vineyards, some of which are over 100-years-old, yielding wines of both complexity and purity.