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JL Chave Selection, 'Circa' Saint-Joseph Blanc 2020
France / White

JL Chave Selection, 'Circa' Saint-Joseph Blanc 2020

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Fruit

Earth

Acid

Body

Minerality

The Chave family have been making wine in the Northern Rhone Valley since 1481. First in Saint Joseph, and then adding parcels of Hermitage - the appellation with which they are nearly synonymous. Jean-Louis Chave steers the domain, having taken over from his father the Gerard (one of just a few Chave men not named Jean-Louis in a very long line). Jean-Louis is fanatical about the farming in the vineyards, the preservation of the reputation of Hermitage and Saint Joseph, and the telling of their histories. Jean-Louis knows each parcel of the vineyards intimately and uses the grapes from each like instruments in an orchestra to bring about pure wine magic. 

JL Chave Selections is the negotiant project of the Chave family. Much of the wine though is from estate grapes and produced with the same methodology. These are not wines to be skipped, and provide excellent value.

The Circa is predominantly Roussane, with some Marsanne, from granite soils, as opposed the Hermitage Blanc that is from clay and limestone dominant soils. It is all from an estate vineyard near Mauves. 

Honeysuckle, pear, and stone fruit on the noise. The palate follows, but showing a great mineral snap with good acidity. 

Country
France
Sub-Region
Saint-Joseph AOC
Region
Northern Rhône
Varieties
Roussanne and Marsanne
Farming
Biodynamic
Soil
Granite
Winemaking
Fermentation in wood tonneaux. Aged in older barriques for 14 months.