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2008 St Joseph Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Rhone  France Still wine

2008 St Joseph

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

87Average Score
flagRhone / France
Red

The 2008 St.-Joseph reveals notes of dusty, loamy soil, herbs, pepper, crushed rocks, black cherries and berries. Medium-bodied, delicious and forward, it is an impressive effort for this vintage, but it requires drinking in its first 4-5 years of life. ||Tasting through the different Hermitage vineyards (including Peleat, Les Beaumes, Meal, l’Ermite and Les Bessards), the lowest score any of these lots received was 94-96 (Les Beaumes). The other parcels all merited 97-100 points. The most dominant component part of Chave’s red Hermitage comes from Les Bessards, which many consider to be the greatest vineyard on Hermitage Hill. The next largest is Meal, a vineyard with a more southerly exposure. While Chave has not made their special cuvee, Cuvee Cathelin, since 2003, I suspect one will emerge from the different lots of Les Bessards that I tasted as 2009 is certainly a year where enough wine can be culled out for the Cathelin without sacrificing the monumental quality of the regular Hermitage. This looks to be one of the wines of the vintage, which is not surprising given the fact that the Chave family has more experience than just about anybody in the winemaking world (the domaine was founded in 1481 - nearly a decade before Christopher Columbus discovered America!). Wine Advocate.February, 2011

Robert Parker    Score: 87/100

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