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This Hermitage is vinified in both open-topped wooden casks & stainless steel tanks, both of which have a manual punch down of the grapes twice daily. The wine is a blend of 7 different terriors from the Northern Rhone.
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave is a family owned winery. It has been passed from father to son since 1481. The Domaine is currently under the direction of Jean-Louis Chave, though his father, Gérard, is still around the domaine for occasional advice.
When phylloxera hit in the 19th century they were obliged to move down to the Rhône valley to diversify into fruit farming, basing themselves in the village of Mauves where the cellars are today. It was at this time that a particularly smart ancestor decided to cross the Rhône river and lay claim to parcels of land on the hill of Hermitage. Jean Louis has once again created the terraces in Lemps where his 60 to 80 year-old-vines grow. He says ‘It's like restoring an ancient monument’.
They work their way up the vineyards, constantly clearing away the overbrush that grows wild in that area. Once they make it to the top they have to start again at the bottom.