2008 Chave - St-Joseph 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

($60) Bright purple. Extremely fresh, expansive aromas of black raspberry, candied violet, Asian spices and minerals. Pure and mineral-driven, with sweet dark fruit flavors and a lashing of minerality that adds lift and clarity. Floral and spice notes resonate on a very long, juicy, incisive finish, which also features a touch of candied licorice.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 154

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Nicely plush for the vintage, with tangy iron and white pepper notes melded into the damson plum and black cherry fruit. There's a lingering perfume on the finish.

Drink Dates: 2011-2013
Author: James Molesworth

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Customer Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 90
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/20/2011

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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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