2016 Jean-Louis Chave Estate, Saint-Joseph, Rhone Valley, France

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While the Jean-Louis Chave Saint-Joseph is considered the little brother to their legendary bottlings of Hermitage, this is by no means a little wine. It still shows the incredible structure and precision for which the domaine has long been admired. The nose is lovely with pretty floral scents and aromas of dark berry while the palate is medium bodied and yet substantial without being overly rich or dense. The finish reveals the typical structure and overall finesse that is so emblematic of the Chave domaine. This is a focused, fresh wine with endearing and enticing aromas and flavors that are only getting better every day. While it wine may not have been built to age to the level of Hermitage, it will still reward cellaring and should also be a nice accompaniment to a meal involving a special cut of fine red meat.

The Chave family has been making Hermitage since the year 1481! That's 1481, not 1841 - for over five centuries. With 16 consecutive generations farming  heir land and producing legendary Syrah, Marsanne and Roussanne from Hermitage, they are somewhat seriously referred to as "France's winemaking royal family."

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