Domaine Jean-Louis Chave - 2018 - L'Hermitage Blanc - 750 ml.
France - Rhone - Hermitage
Marsanne - Roussanne
White - Vintage: 2018 - Size: 750 ml.
Since 1991, JL Chave has been using mostly stainless steel, along with 3 wooden open top fermenters is destemmed. Interestingly, this practice took place during the production of wines during the 1800’s, but that fell out The fruit from each terroir is vinified separately. For the red wine of Chave, the grapes are usually partially, but not always fully destemmed. In very ripe years, stems might be left on the grapes. It really varies from vintage to vintage. Vinification takes place in a combination of cement vats, stainless barrels. Each parcel is vinified and aged separately, until the blending takes place. Depending on the vintage, malolactic fermentation can take place in casks, vats or tank. Once fermentation is moved the large 228 liter oak barrels for ageing. The wines of Jean Louis Chave are aged in barrel for about new oak varies from 10-20%, depending on the vintage. The used barrels range in age from 1-5 years which can come from Burgundy. Jean Louis Chave has been with time. His logic is, with refined tannins, the wine does not need that much new oak. The wine is blended after 18 months in barrel, usually in July. Jean Louis Chave waits for 60-90 days after production of Chave Hermitage rouge ranges from 2,000 to 2,500 cases per vintage. The key to the perfect balance of Chave Hermitage, whether rouge or blanc, is in Gérard and Jean-Louis’ remarkable blending skill, a process that begins anew with each vintage. Like Jamet and Clape, the Chaves assemble their vintage cuvées from their expertly farmed array of sites, each with its own character, to create singular blends of great nuance, harmony, depth and aging potential.