James Suckling Reviews Jean-Louis Chave
Updated: Nov 7, 2019
The reviews for Jean-Louis Chave continue to roll in, with James Suckling the latest to add his opinions of the latest bottlings. With reviews ranging up to 98 points, the Chave estate maintains its place among the Rhône Valley's elite - and we would expect no less!
The Chave family is based in a small village on the northern right bank of the Rhone. There have been Chaves growing vines on the famous Hermitage hill since 1481. Gerard Chave took over from his father in 1970 and rapidly achieved megastar status due to the extraordinary quality of his wines and has since passed on the winemaking responsibilities to his son Jean-Louis. The Chave’s methods for all their 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 Rhône terroir.