Though the Chave family draws from large and diverse land-holdings on the Hill of Hermitage, they do not bottle single climat wines or special “Hermitage crus” because of their belief in the magic of blending. The meticulously farmed plots of Syrah are planted in Bessards, L’Hermite, Peleat, Meal, Beaume, Diognieres and Vercandiered. Bessards is considered to be the backbone and soul of the Chave reds.
The Cuvee Cathelin is an “alternate cuvee” identified during blending and made only when it will not detract from the production of the flagship Hermitage. Made from the same parts as the Hermitage but in different proportions, the Cuvee Cathelin is a rarity in the world of wine as a second look at a given vintage through the eyes, palate and nose of a historic producer/master blender. In 2009 it receives a 3-digit score. Less than 200 cases were produced.