Best of the Best 2016: Leisure | International Red Wines: Domaine Jean-Louis Chave 2012 Hermitage Northern Rhône

For generations, Domaine Jean-Louis Chave has focused on Syrah, planted in France’s Northern Rhône Valley...

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For generations, Domaine Jean-Louis Chave has focused on Syrah, which is planted on the treasured hill of Hermitage in France’s Northern Rhône Valley. Without a doubt, Chave makes today’s most collectible Syrah bottling. This wine needs decades to reveal its personality, but the rewards are great: wine with an inky purple core, fragrant with wild black fruit and flowers, crushed granite, and a touch of black olive and roasted meat. In short, this is perfect Syrah.  

  • The recent transition from Gerard Chave to his son, Jean-Louis, has been seamless.
  • Meticulously farmed fruit is harvested by hand, and the wine is aged without the overt influence of new oak.
  • The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, domainejlchave.fr ($275)

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