The Chave’s methods for all winemaking are traditional farming, super low yields, full ripeness, and minimal manipulation. Their unmatched meticulousness continues through five centuries to render venerable expressions of the purest of Northern Rhone terroir.
“A fantastic Côtes du Rhône that’s a blend of Grenache and Syrah from vineyards located in Visan, Vinsobres, and Estézargues (all southern Rhône communes), the 2010 J.L. Chave Sélection Côtes du Rhône Mon Coeur delivers a classic array of bright black cherry, black currant, violets, garrigue, and licorice on the nose. Beautifully intense and rich aromatically, it doesn‟t lose a beat on the palate and is medium to full-bodied and loaded with fruit, showcasing notable purity, a voluptuous texture, and big, mouth coating tannin that emerges on the finish. It needs an hour of air to shine currently, and will be even better in a year or two. I would consume bottles over the coming 5-8 years, yet a decade of prime drinking isn‟t out of the question here.” – 91 points – Jeb Dunnuck – The Rhone Report
“The star of this line-up in terms of value is the 2010 Cotes du Rhone Mon Coeur, a blend of Syrah and Grenache primarily from the southern Rhone (i.e., Vinsobres, Rasteau and Cairanne). This dense ruby/purple-colored, rich 2010 reveals kirsch and black currant fruit intermixed with notions of spice box, pepper and meat. Luscious and round, it is ideal for drinking over the next 5-6 years.” – 88-90 points – Robert Parker – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
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