a very accessible release from the legend J-L Chave. 16th generation winemaker (family has history in the region dating back to 1481).
60%+ sourced from younger estate plots, 40% is exceptional bought fruit, all are from sites with eastern exposure & steep terraces with granite soil. Consistently viewed as one of best values in Saint Joseph. Vines range from 5-80 years old and are located in the communities of Mauves, Tournon, and St. Jean de Muzols
powerful and deep, dark fruit, olive tapenade, smoked brisket, juicy midpalate of blackberry, figs, and anise, moderate tannins, iron accents, supple. decant for 30+ mins. can be cellared for several years.
93 pts wine spectator
region: Northern Rhone, France
style: bold red
farming/cellar: organic farming, 50% destemmed, fermented in large wood open top fermenters and steel, then matured in old foudre and barriques for 18 months