J.L. Chave Selection Crozes-Hermitage Silene 2017


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“Bright violet. Mineral-accented cherry, boysenberry and smoky bacon aromas are complicated by suggestions of olive and candied flowers. Energetic and focused for the vintage, offering concentrated bitter cherry, cassis and violet pastille flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Closes sappy, smooth and quite long, with sneaky tannins and a lingering suggestion of juicy black and blue fruits. Drinking window: 2022-2030. 92 points

Erin and Jean-Louis Chave’s négociant operation is steadily becoming less accurately referred to as a négociant, since the Hermitage and Saint-Joseph Offerus bottlings are now sourced entirely from the Chave family’s own vines. The Crozes-Hermitage Silène is made from grapes grown in the prime granitic soils of Gervans and Larnage, in the northern and original sector of that sprawling appellation, and its graceful, nervy character shows that pedigree. All of these wines deliver superb value and provide more than a cursory glimpse at this fabled domaine’s style and Chave’s winemaking talent.”

Josh Raynolds, Vinous (09/19)