J.L. Chave Selection Hermitage Farconnet 2013


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“Deep bright-rimmed ruby. Mineral-tinged aromas of fresh black and blue fruits, candied violet and olive show excellent clarity, and a hint of incense builds with air. Sweet, sharply defined cassis, bitter cherry and boysenberry flavors turn sweeter and smokier on the back half. Displays real energy on the sappy, impressively long finish, which features sneaky tannins and lingering florality. Drinking window: 2021-2030. 93 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)