Flashcards in Hermitage Producers Deck (26):
Where is Chave and when was it founded?
Mauves (St Joseph), 1481
Chave: Hermitage Climats
Bessards: Syrah, Granite
l'Hermite: Syrah, Granite; Roussanne, Loess; Marsanne, Clay-Lime
Péléat: Syrah, Alluvials, Silex, Clay; Marsanne, Sand, Granite
Le Méal: Syrah, Alluvial, Granite
Rocoules: Marsanne and Roussane, Clay-Lime
Maison Blanche: Marsanne, Alluvials, Clay-Lime
Chave: Other Vineyrds
Saint Joseph: Dardouilles, Les Oliviers, Pichonnier, Bachasson
Crozes: Gros des Vignes
Chave: Hermitage Blend
Rouge: all seven climats; Bessardes is the heart
Blanc: 80-85% Marsanne, 15-20% Roussanne, Rocoules is the heart
What is Cuvée Cathelin?
A barrel selection of Chave Hermitage, produced only in certain years, same elevage as the "basic" cuvee.
Cuvée Cathelin vintages
1990, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2009, 2010
Chave Vin de Paille vintages
1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, 2000
Publically revived in 1986; made in some vintages (1952. 1974, etc.) previously for home consumption.
Currently all destemmed for reds (since the 1980's - before, not, and pre 1960 destemming was done by hand), whole cluster press for whites
Generally native yeasts
Mix of stainless and old open-top wood vats, generally punchdowns over pumpovers, little to no batonnage
Wines are vinified and aged separately by climat for 18mos before blending.
Aged in oak, from new to 5yo barrels, generally max 30% new (vintage dependent)
Some fining, no filtering.
What is the single most legendary vintage of Jaboulet-Aine La Chapelle?
Who owns Jaboulet-Aine?
Jean-Jacques Frey, as of 2005 - Swiss financier and owner of La Lagune (stockholder in Billecart-Salmon and Ayala)
Le Méal (heart of the estate)
Diognières et Torras
Les Grandes Vignes
Average vine age 35-45 years
What is La Chapelle?
Jaboulet-Aine's Hermitage, named for the chapel at the top of L'Hermite, purchased by Henri Jaboulet in 1929. Always a barrel selection, usually centered around Le Méal for the red, and Roucoules for the white (80/20 M/R)
What is the second wine of Jaboulet-Aine?
Taurobole (formerly Pied de la Côte from 1990, last vintage 2001)
La Petite Chapelle is the second wine as of 2001.
Has La Chapelle Blanc always been produced?
No, it was discontinued from 1963-2005.
What is Chevalier de Sterimberg?
Hermitage blanc from Jaboulet-Aine, named for Gaspar de Sterimberg, the chevalier-crusader-turned-hermit of Hermitage.
65% Marsanne, 35% Roussanne.
Chapoutier: Farming Philosophy
Biodynamic since 1995
Hermitage: Bessardes (granite), Méal (alluvial, chalk), L'Hermite (loess, limestone), Greffieux (alluvial, clay), Murets
Côte-Rôtie: Côte Blonde, Côte Brune
What is Monier la Sizeranne
Chapoutier's workhorse Hermitage Rouge
18-20mos in 33% new french
Where does Chapoutier's Ermitage Rouge Le Pavillon originate? First vintage?
First vintage as a single vineyard wine 1989, but there was a multi-vintage cuvée prior, of wines 15-20 years old.
Chapoutier single vineyards & inaugural vintages
Le Méal, 1989
Le Méal, 1997
What is Blanc de l'Orée?
Chapoutier's Hermitage Blanc from the oldest vines on Murets
First vintage as a single vineyard wine 1991, but there was a multi-vintage cuvée with this name prior, generally 5-6 vintages with an average age of 12 years old.
What is Mure de Larnage?
Chapoutier's young vines Ermitage, in both red and white
What grape is Chapoutier famous for advocating?
Marsanne (especially old vine expressions)
What is Chante Alouette?
Chapoutier's workhorse Hermitage blanc, the equivalent of Monier la Sizeranne. Named for the Chante-Alouette climat within L'Hermite.
Marc vieux des Côtes du Rhône
Grande réserve fine des Côtes du Rhone
Fine 1966 (40 years in barrel)