2011 Jean Louis Chave Selections Hermitage FarconnetSyrah / Shiraz from France
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"Jean-Louis Chave makes these négociant wines to showcase what he believes to be the potential of the appellations with which he works. Under the Jean-Louis Chave Selectio...
- 92 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
- 91 Wine Spectator
92 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
"Brilliant ruby. Dark berries, cherry pit, licorice and smoky minerals on the seductively perfumed nose. Firm, sharply focused bitter cherry and cassis flavors are underscored by a peppery nuance and put on weight with air. A sexy floral pastille note comes up with air and carries through a long, youthfully tannic finish. The marriage of power and finesse here is pretty suave."
91 Wine Spectator
"Broad and fleshy, with enticing boysenberry, blueberry and blackberry confiture notes that are entwined with hints of anise and ganache through the dense but velvety finish. Drink now through 2021. 500 cases made."
"Jean-Louis Chave makes these négociant wines to showcase what he believes to be the potential of the appellations with which he works.
Under the Jean-Louis Chave Selections label, Jean-Louis produces two Hermitages, one red and one white... The Rouge, "Farconnet," comes from three distinct parcels: Diognières, Péleat, and Greffieux. It also, depending on the vintage, contains some domaine fruit that did not make it into the domaine Hermitage bottling along with purchased fruit.
The grapes from this negociant red Hermitage come from 3 distinctive parts of the Hermitage hill. Diognières is at the base of the hill on alluvial soil brought by the river ages ago. It is a sandy clay soil with many small pebbles, and it gives spice to the wine. The next parcel is Péleat. It sits above Diognières and is composed of more sand and limestone in the clay. It gives finesse to the wine. Finally, Greffieux sits at the base of Le Meal on the hill. Its soil consists of rolled river stones brought by the glaciers. It gives the flesh in the wine." - Importer
92 - Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
91 - Wine Spectator
|Varietal(s)||Syrah / Shiraz|
|Taste||currant, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry|
|Nose||spice box, cedar and dark fruit|