2014 domaine jean louis chave, saint-joseph
Why We're Buying
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Saint-Joseph is a lock for near-perfect critical reviews each year. According to wine.com, this syrah has never scored lower than a 92, with wine critic James Suckling calling it “brilliant” and Decanter denoting it as “superb.” Investors can drink it now or cellar it for multiple decades.
Chave's 2014 St Joseph offers classic graniteinduced minerality as well as ample pepper, bouquet garni, violets and gaminess. It will certainly be an outstanding wine and reader's looking for a small taste of the Chave style are well advised to seek this cuvee out. The top barrel sample I was able to taste was from his Bachasson vineyard located to the north of SaintJean-de-Muzols, on a south-facing, granite hillside. This beauty will give a top Côte Rôtie a run for its money, and I expect it will be one of the first (and hopefully many) single vineyard releases from this estate.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 St Joseph Domaine is a wine readers should buy by the case. It’s not going to be the longest-lived St Joseph out there, but it’s absolutely loaded with character. I was able to drink a bottle of this over lunch and it’s one of those bottles that’s always the first to be emptied. Ripe, polished and sexy, with medium-bodied richness, it has perfumed notes of dark fruits, graphite, crushed flowers and spice in an ethereally textured, seamless package. Drink bottles through 2024.