"Field blend of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Sylvaner, Muscat d'Alsace (white and red), Muscat à Petit Grain, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Traminer, Chasselas, Chasselas Rose. Residual sugar for 2009 of 70g/l." --importer Becky Wasserman
With a team of twenty cows, horses, and pigs that graze the cover crops in and around the vineyards. Didier Barral farms thirty hectares of vineyards, incorporating biodynamic practices deep in the heart of the Languedoc. In this Mediterranean climate where summer heat waves and drought are common this 4.3 hectare site of 80% Mourvèdre and 20% Syrah enjoys a southern exposure of vines up to 30 years old with deep roots in schist soil. Powerful and complex this expression is aged for two years in cement tanks for a pure expression of fruit.
"J.L. Chave Selection is the negociant label of Jean-Louis Chave, the doyen of Hermitage wine. Under the Selections label, Jean-Louis produces two Hermitages, one red and one white. The white Hermitage, called "Blanche," comes mainly from the lieu-dit 'Maison Blanch' which sits atop the hill of Hermitage."
The name of the wine comes from the history of the family: Don Jacques Pascal Abbatucci was a childhood friend of Napoleon Bonaparte, served under the Empire and spent several years as a diplomat in Naples.