La Selve is certified organic and may technically be in the Rhône Valley, but really lies just to the west. The blend is decidedly un-Rhône, though, made up of 40% Merlot, 30% Grenache and 30% Cinsault. It has ripe cherry and berry flavors with notes of freshly tilled earth. This is a terrific value and a great introduction to this little-known region.
|Originally, the Chateau de la Selve was a fortified house first on the frontier of the Empire and then of the Kingdom of France.
It then became the hunting lodge of a famous family from the Vivarais, the Dukes de Joyeuse, before being transformed, century after century, into a farm.
Built during the 13th century, it has the typical architecture of all houses and castles of the Bas-Vivarais.
Located on the bank of the Chassezac, the main Ardeche’s tributary, it benefits from a unique and protected environment.
In 1990, this magnificent house became the property of my parents, Jean-Regis and Magdeleine Chazallon.
The Chateau thus became familial, touristic and agricultural destination.
Today, a wing of the castle has been converted into five Gites de France (from 3 to 6 persons). In a large yard planted with trees, they offer a heaven of peace in the heart of the touristic Ardeche.