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  • J.L. Chave Selection Hermitage Blanche 2016


    “Limpid yellow-gold. Fresh pit fruits, lemon curd, jasmine and a frisson of chamomile on the deeply perfumed nose, along with suggestions of honey and succulent herbs. Pliant and energetic on the palate, offering intense peach, pear nectar and Meyer lemon flavors that become livelier as the wine stretches out. A smoky mineral note emerges on the impressively long, energetic finish, which leaves a hint of bitter pear skin behind. Drinking window: 2023-2031. 94 points

    By now it’s no secret that Erin Cannon-Chave and Jean-Louis Chave’s semi-négociant operation is producing a range of consistently excellent wines that clearly show the Chave magic at user-friendly prices. While the Hermitage Blanc Blanche will inevitably be compared to the white Hermitage from the J.L. Chave domaine, the wines that intrigue me are that Crozes-Hermitage Blanc and Saint-Joseph Blanc since neither of those appellations are present under the family’s estate label. There may be a domaine Saint-Joseph Blanc, someday, “that’s probably a job that’ll wait for our children to take on,” Chave told me.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (05/20)

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  • J.L. Chave Selection Hermitage Farconnet 2013


    “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)

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