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Domaine Jann Chave (375ml), 2018, Crozes-Hermitage

Red, Old World, Syrah from the Northern Rhone, France

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A deep purple colour with aromas of black fruit, such as blackcurrant or cassis. On the palate it is full and rich with velvety tannins. Ideal with steaks and hard cheeses.

Why we recommend this wine
We have visited the Hermitage area many times and have always been impressed by the domaine’s wines – see our trip report about the area here.

The wine
This wine is the backbone of the domaine, and is made from three different plots of Syrah in the Crozes-Hermitage appellation. The leaves around bunches of grapes are stripped for optimal exposure to sunshine, before late, manual harvesting. No industrial yeast is used during vinification and the berries are destemmed. Fermentation temperatures are increased progressively from 20° to 30°, for optimal extraction, and are then maintained at this level. On average, the vatting period lasts for three weeks with twice-daily pumping over, where we seek to cover the whole marc cap. Wine is matured in vats in order to maintain fruitiness and prevent the influence of wood.

The wine estate
At the beginning of the 70s Yann’s parents decided to settle in the area, on a four-hectare site with one hectare of vineyards, and the rest, fruit orchards. They continued to extend the estate while maintaining the dual crop system, so common at the time. Their first harvests were sold to local merchants and then the local Cooperative Winery until 1978 when they started to make and bottle their own wine.

In 1996, when rugby playing Yann was 26 years old, he decided to work on the wine-growing part of the estate. After being poisoned by an insecticide he was using to treat the vines, he sought alternative solutions, engaging in organic agriculture. The estate was certified in 2007. Today, the estate has 20 hectares of vines, with 1.2 hectares on the mythical Hermitage hillside.

Food and wine
The domaine recommends young pan-roasted pigeon served with buttered Savoy cabbage, pan-fried rump steak with mashed potato, shavings of mature Mimolette cheese.
Refer also to our food and wine pairing guide, click here

Did you know?
Hermitage and Crozes Hermitage are two different wine appellations in Cotes du Rhone near the town of Hermitage. Both grow Syrah grapes. Hermitage has a granite soil and the vineyards are located at the top of the hill, gaining full exposure from the sun. Crozes Hermitage has more clay and sand and the vineyards are located on the plains.

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    Syrah / Shiraz

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    Medium bodied

  • Organic


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    No oak

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