Yann Chave, Northern Rhône


Yann Chave

Humble Wines with Qualities

Nicole and Bernard Chave had a humble start in 1970 with a small property of 4 hectares in the village of Mercurol, Drôme. Only 1 hectare was planted with vines for Crozes Hermitage while the rest are fruit trees such as apples, cherries, and apricots. They started off by selling crops to negociants while making their names and finally were able to produce their first tank of wine in 1973. After a few years of joining with L’Hermitage cooperative winery, They decided to start their own winery in 1979 and sold their produce in a very limited amount only to private buyers and negociants. By 1994, areas the land extended to almost 16 hectares including 8.5 hectares of orchards, 6.5 hectares of Crozes Hermitage and 1 Hectare of Hermitage.

In 1996, their son Yann Chave finished his studies and started to work with his parents. He restructured the vineyard, putting quality as one of the top priorities and was given 5 more hectares to plants new vineyard plots. Yann created a  new winery and later in 2007 all the orchards were replaced with vines. They have other sites in Beaume, Péléat, Pont de l'Isère and some were produced from vines in villages of La roche de Glun and Mercurol. The properties later thrived and expanded and turned into fully organically cultivated vineyards and a majority of their wines are sold both locally and internationally in leading retailers and restaurants.