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Decanter Magazine April 2004
The parcels of vines are located in eight different sites, or climats, on the hill of Hermitage, each with a different aspect and soil type, giving varying nuances to the wine. ‘Blending grapes from these different sites is part of the history of Hermitage,’ says Jean-Louis.
Of the principal climats where the Chave family has vines, the granite soils of Les Bessards provide power, intensity and structure for the long-ageing red Hermitage; the stony moraine of Le Méal an exuberant fruit and spice fragrance; the silty loess of L’Hermite vivacity; and pudding stone-covered Beaume a tight but fine tannic frame.

The Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck) – Rated 98+ Points
“The 2011 Hermitage (also still in barrel), in comparison, is more focused and straight, with a slightly more serious feel to its tannin profile and overall structure. All of the samples (again, tasted in individual components) were beautifully perfumed, with the Les Bessards (which will make up the bulk of the blend) showing surprising density and concentration in a vintage that generally produced more up-front and supple wines. A serious 2011 that will certainly be one of the stars of the vintage, it should be reasonably approachable on release and have an easy two decades of longevity. One of the highlight visits during my time spent working in the Northern Rhone, Jean-Louis Chave (who is often called ‘The Pope of Hermitage’ by others) makes some of the most profound wines in the world today….Despite the notoriety here, Jean-Louis remains one of the most humble and straight talking winemakers out there, and his wines deserve a place in any wine lover’s cellar.” December 2013.

Jean Louis Chave Selection Hermitage ‘Farconnet’ 2012/2013 Available to Order @$125 per bottle (Note this is a Negociant bottling made from Sourced Grapes