40% Syrah, 40% Grenache & 20% Mourvèdre
Long considered the king of Hermitage, Jean Louis Chave also operates Jean-Louis Chave Selections, his négociant line which sources grapes from various areas in the Rhone. Mon Coeur Cotes du Rhone is a blend of excellent plots in Vinsobres, Visan, Buisson, and Estargues. As with all things Chave, quality is eminent even at the entry level.
A deliciously ripe Syrah / Grenache blend with a wonderful core of dark, berry fruit supported by a framework of ripe tannin with cooling, grantic notes and a sleek, sophisticated texture. It is readily approachable from release.
Mon Coeur ("my heart") is a unique Jean-Louis Chave wine not just because of the appellation, but because of its grape sources. Eight excellent vineyards in the areas of Valreas, Visan and Buisson all chosen for their low yields and exceptional quality of fruit where used. Elegant and aromatic, the wonderful 2018 has a dense textured palate, ripe and fruit-forward and with a pleasing lick of pepper at the finish.
91/100 Josh Reynolds, Vinous, April 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"Deep ruby-red. Smoke-accented cherry, dark berries and licorice on the perfumed nose, which takes on succulent floral and herb nuances with air. Smooth, concentrated and gently sweet, offering mineral- and spice-accented black raspberry, cherry and violet pastille flavours and a spicy jolt of cracked pepper. Finishes supple, sweet and quite long, with harmonious tannins and lingering florality."