Daily Wine 10/5/2017

Black/purple in color with a perfume of blackberry, creme de cassis, melted licorice, caramel, minerality, chocolate, herbs, and game. The texture is deep and concentrated with the weight and intensity of great vintage Port. 

Daily Wine 10/5/17:

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave – Cuvée Cathelin – Ermitage – 2003

  • This wine is a blend dominated by Syrah from the Ermitage region of the Rhone Valley in France.
  • Cuvée Cathelin is only produced in vintages where the Chaves feel that the surreal harmony of the rouge won’t be compromised and is bottled separately.
  • It contains the same lieux-dits and is made the same way as the rouge, but the percentages of the blend are different to create a wine with more of the classic elements on the Northern Rhone Valley.
  • Only about 200 cases of this wine are produced is those vintages where it is made.
  • Jean-Louis Chave’s family has owned this land since 1481 and is currently in their 16th generation of winemaking. The white blends of Marsanne and Roussanne are almost as ageworthy as the reds.
  • Cuvée Cathelin is named after a notable French artist and close friend Bernard Cathelin.
  • The first vintage was produced in 1985.
  • The balance of grapes added from different terroirs and lieux-dits create the final blend. These lieux-dits are L’Hermite, Peleat, Meal, Beaume, Diognieres, and Vercandiered.
  • Pair this with game and pork.

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