The Chave family are based in a small village not far from Cornas, on the right bank of the Nortern Rhône. The heart of the operation, however, is across the river, on the hill of Hermitage. Here Chave owns vines in nine of the eighteen vineyards that cover the hill, the most significant of which is a 2 hectares plot in Les Bessards, the large vineyard on the granite slopes at the western end.
Jean Louis Chave and his father, from whom he is gradually taking control, believes that the rich variety of terroirs to be found on the hill are vital in blending a wine which has all of the features they desire, including finesse, structure and complexity. Those plots which do not meet the Chave requirements simply aren’t used. One such plot is in Les Vercandieres, a thin strip of vineyard at the base of Les Bessards, which they use as a vegetable patch.
Chave’s wines are hugely in demand and it is a privilege to be able to offer them.