Without doubt Chave Hermitage is one of the greatest wines of the appellation if not the best. Established in 1481, it is currently under the direction of Jean-Louis Chave, although his father Gerard is still on the scene. Chave family is based in the small village of Mauves not far from Cornas, on the right bank of the Rhone. However, it is across the river, on the hill of Hermitage where the heart and soul of this famous domaine resides.
Chave produces both a red and white Hermitage but Jean-Louis also runs a small Negociant (JL Chave Selections) business producing wines to the same exacting standards as the domaine wines. These are some of the most amazing gems to be had in the Rhone Valley today.