Old-vine Roussane planted on granite slopes
Jean-Louis Chave runs his family’s winery, Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, which has been making wine with the same grapes since 1481. This white is made in an area known largely for red wine in the Rhône Valley of France. The (only) grape used to make it produces wines that are full in body and flavor without using oak. It’s called Roussanne, and you’re not likely to see it outside of this region.
This is very open-knit and enticing, with creamed melon, pear and yellow apple fruit flavors that are kept moving along with racy honeysuckle and citrus oil notes. A salted butter echo on the finish is very flattering. Smoky mineral finish. Silky and broad. Ripe orchard fruit.