Yann Chave - Crozes Hermitage - Le Rouvre - red - 2017 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“Yann Chafe's 2017 Crozes Hermitage le Rouvre aged in gently used demi-muids (second and third use), acquiring a dusting of cedary pencil shavings and baking spices over its dark, plummy fruit. It's full-bodied and rich, with a degree of concentration and chewy tannins unusual for the appellation, giving it the potential to age for a decade or more.”Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate
The adventure all began with Yann’s parents. They decided to settle in the area, on a four-hectare site, at the beginning of the 70s: one hectare of vineyards, and the rest, fruit orchards. They continued to extend the estate while maintaining the dual crop system, so common at the time. Their first harvests were sold to local merchants, and from 1973 onwards, they began to make their own wine before joining the Tain Cooperative Winery until 1978. The following year, Nicole and Bernard Chave created their own private winery.
In 1996, Yann was 26 years old. With a postgraduate diploma in Auditing and Management Control, and free of military service obligations, he decided to work on the wine-growing part of the estate. With tender attachment to his vineyard, he restructured the vines and began to work on the soil. After being victim of poisoning by an insecticide he was using to treat the vines, he began seeking alternative solutions, engaging with organic agriculture at the dawn of the year 2000. The estate was certified in 2007. Today, located at the heart of Crozes-Hermitage appellation, the estate extends to 20 hectares, with 1.2 hectares on the mythical Hermitage hillside.
“On the Chassis terraces, the former Rhône river bed has deposited a layer of river pebbles, marking the identity of the terroir and emblematic of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation. My Syrah have been growing here happily for over 50 years. For Le Rouvre, I select plots where the grapes produce deep, perfectly velvety tannins, for a wine with a marked identity and optimal ageing qualities.”Yann Chave
Colour: Ruby red colour with a violet hue.
Nose: an elegant, fine and very expressive nose. Notes of blackcurrant, liquorice and a hint of pepper.
Palate: wine marked by a fine structure. The tannins elegantly highlight rich, concentrated matter of great finesse. The wine is truly harmonious, revealing great balance and a very long finish.
Vinification: Grapes are 100% destemmed, no yeasting. The maceration phase lasts 4 weeks. Pumping over is preferred to cap punching, as it is a gentler extraction method. Vinification temperature never goes above 28°C. After devatting, wine is barrelled immediately in demi-muids, where malolactic fermentation takes place. The barrels are mainly one or two wines old. Wine is racked after 12 months, before spending 3 months in a vat prior to bottling.
Pairing: Charolais beef with red wine reduction served with marrow bone, roast spare ribs with Espelette chili pepper served with oyster mushrooms, Isigny Camembert cheese.
Maturing: A wine which calls for patience, and which should be enjoyed, for expression of its full potential, at between 5 and 10 years of age.