2005 JL Chave Selection - St-Joseph Offerus 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

($29) Deep red. Explosive aromas of vibrant strawberry, raspberry and kirsch, with a subtle licorice undertone. Brisk red fruit flavors are seductively sweet and nicely framed by velvety tannins. Finishes with very persistent red fruits and gentle, sappy grip. "I don't think that I'm trying to make the greatest Saint-Joseph," Chave said, "but I am trying to be true to what is Saint-Joseph." He then reiterated that his model is the wines of the retired Raymond Trollat. (Willette Wines, New York, NY)

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 136

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Customer Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 88
Author: David P187
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/27/2013
This was drinking great. Rich dark red and black fruits, pleasant spice notes, silky texture and clean throughout. Perfect with the loin lamb chops

Rating: 90
Author: Tony C847
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 12/11/2008
Explosive aromas of vibrant strawberry, raspberry. Brisk red fruit flavors.Finishes with very persistent red fruits and sappy grip."

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About This Producer

The Chave family owns vines in nine of the eighteen vineyards that cover the hill of Hermitage. Chave believes that the hillside's variety of terroirs is instrumental in bringing the right balance to its blends. The domaine produces both red and white Hermitage, as well as a St Joseph Offerus. The Hermitage appellation regulations allow up to 15% white grapes to be added to the Syrah, but Chave uses a smaller amount, if any at all (his L'Hermite vineyard has some white grapevines planted alongside the red). The white Hermitage is produced from 85% Marsanne and 15% Roussanne, all of which is harvested by hand. There is also a limited production (approx. 100 cases) Cuvee Cathelin, an Hermitage cuvee named after a friend of the Chave family, artist Bernard Cathelin, who designed the label when it was first released in 1990. Finally, there is an Hermitage Vin de Paille, which is both rare and highly-regarded.

The domaine also has a second line called JL Chave Selection which produces affordable red and white Crozes-Hermitage and Hermitage, as well as a Cotes du Rhone.

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