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Where is Chave and when was it founded?

Mauves (St Joseph), 1481

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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

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Chave: Other Vineyrds

Saint Joseph: Dardouilles, Les Oliviers, Pichonnier, Bachasson
Crozes: Gros des Vignes

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Chave: Hermitage Blend

Rouge: all seven climats; Bessardes is the heart
Blanc: 80-85% Marsanne, 15-20% Roussanne, Rocoules is the heart

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What is Cuvée Cathelin?

A barrel selection of Chave Hermitage, produced only in certain years, same elevage as the "basic" cuvee.

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Cuvée Cathelin vintages

1990, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2009, 2010

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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.

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Chave: Vinification

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.

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What is the single most legendary vintage of Jaboulet-Aine La Chapelle?

1961

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Who owns Jaboulet-Aine?

Jean-Jacques Frey, as of 2005 - Swiss financier and owner of La Lagune (stockholder in Billecart-Salmon and Ayala)

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Jaboulet-Aine: Vineyards

Le Méal (heart of the estate)
Les Bessards
La Croix
Rocoules
Diognières et Torras
Les Diognières
Les Grandes Vignes
Les Greffieux
Average vine age 35-45 years

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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)

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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.

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Has La Chapelle Blanc always been produced?

No, it was discontinued from 1963-2005.

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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.

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Chapoutier: Farming Philosophy

Biodynamic since 1995

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Chapoutier: Vineyards

Hermitage: Bessardes (granite), Méal (alluvial, chalk), L'Hermite (loess, limestone), Greffieux (alluvial, clay), Murets
Côte-Rôtie: Côte Blonde, Côte Brune

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What is Monier la Sizeranne

Chapoutier's workhorse Hermitage Rouge
18-20mos in 33% new french

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Where does Chapoutier's Ermitage Rouge Le Pavillon originate? First vintage?

Bessards
First vintage as a single vineyard wine 1989, but there was a multi-vintage cuvée prior, of wines 15-20 years old.

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Chapoutier single vineyards & inaugural vintages

RED
Le Méal, 1989
L'Hermite, 1996
Greffieux, 2001
WHITE
Le Méal, 1997
L'Hermite, 1999

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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.

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What is Mure de Larnage?

Chapoutier's young vines Ermitage, in both red and white

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What grape is Chapoutier famous for advocating?

Marsanne (especially old vine expressions)

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What is Chante Alouette?

Chapoutier's workhorse Hermitage blanc, the equivalent of Monier la Sizeranne. Named for the Chante-Alouette climat within L'Hermite.

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Chapoutier Liqueurs

Marc vieux des Côtes du Rhône
Grande réserve fine des Côtes du Rhone
Fine 1966 (40 years in barrel)

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Three largest producers of Hermitage Vin de Paille

Chapoutier
Chave
Cave Co-operative de Tain