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J.L. Chave Selection Crozes-Hermitage Silene 2019

$32.99

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Ripe fruit balanced out by backbone and structure. This 100% Syrah shows plum, black pepper, pencil lead, and baking spices. Made 60% from vines owned by the Domaine on the back side of the hill of Hermitage. It’s usually wrong to think of Crozes as “baby Hermitage” because the soils are usually so different, but in this case, with its hillside granitic soils, the description is perfectly apt!
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Is there any question that Jean-Louis Chave is one of the great geniuses of Syrah? His Hermitage is a benchmark wine for lovers of the Northern Rhone, and is among the top red wines in the world of any grape variety. In our dream world we would put cases of his Hermitage in our cellars and drink older bottles on a regular basis. But we can't. The wine is too rare and too expensive.

Thankfully he makes a fully line up of top notch wine under his JL Chave Selections label that is delicious, affordable and ready to drink on release . . . every night if you want!

You might wonder: how can wines this good, from a true master, be so affordable? We frankly don't know. It's not as though the Selection series is some négociant side project made of bulk wine or neglected grapes. 80% of the fruit comes from Jean-Louis’s own domaine, and he farms much of the rest. These are wines produced by Chave himself, both in the vineyards and in the winery.

For much of the fruit Jean-Louis uses his domaine's young vines, which produce less tannic berries. And the sourced fruit comes from the AOC's northern corners, where the grapes are naturally fresh and elegant. Chave, of course, makes the wine with the same light touch as he uses for his Hermitage, in a style that emphasizes fruit purity rather than power. All of this helps to make the wines eminently drinkable on release.

Of course, with excellent balance of structure and fruit all these wines are good candidates for the cellar. But the idea is too drink the Selection wines over the next few years while waiting on the Hermitage, which is a masterpiece that will require many years of aging.

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Syrah

  • Vintage

    2019

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Sustainable

  • Style

    Earthy , Fruity , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Full Bodied

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