domaine jean louis chave, saint-joseph, clos florentin 2018
Tasted in components. #1: high-pitched red and blue fruit aromas and flavors take on floral and exotic spice notes with air. Juicy and precise, with no excess fat and strong back-end punch. #2: bitter cherry and blackberry qualities show very good depth. Licorice and sweet cola notes linger on a long, chewy finish. #3: assertive black raspberry, candied violet, olive and cracked pepper character. Densely packed yet nervy, with lingering floral and mineral notes and gentle tannic grip. There's a lot of fresh fruit here, which I suspect will give the final wine plenty of upfront appeal, but I'll bet that it's balanced to age. (JR)
The 2018 Saint Joseph Le Clos shows, as always, a very different style and has a more sun-kissed vibe in its kirsch, black raspberry, spice box, and flowery aromas and flavors. Straight-up seamless, beautifully balanced, and refined on the palate, this medium to full-bodied effort will be another terrific example from this terroir. This is a singular wine, so don’t miss a chance to buy a bottle if given a chance!
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
To date, this is the only single-parcel wine Chave has released from Saint Joseph. The 2018 Saint Joseph Le Clos Florentin boasts wonderfully pure blueberries on the nose, with just the slightest hints of herbs and Asian five-spice powder. Full-bodied, it's deep and rich, supple on the mid-palate, then silky and fine on the finish. In less than a generation, Jean-Louis Chave has created one of Saint Joseph's top wines. (JC)