domaine jean louis chave, saint-joseph 2017
A tasting of the four main vineyards shows that Chave's 2017 domaine St-Joseph is looking strong. Le Clos is rich, fruity, opulent and velvety in texture, and hedonistic in this vintage. The Challeys component, from a granitic hill just above Le Clos, is structured and saline, with more black olive than Le Clos' blackberry. The clay and granite Dardouyes site contributes lush fruit, spice and a spry acidity, whereas the ethereal Bachesson has an incredible floral aroma. The general effect is one of rich fruit but good precision, superb balance and complexity.
This has a lovely mouthfeel, with velvety waves of crushed plum and boysenberry reduction wrapped in sweet toast, bay leaf and alder notes. The long finish has a black tea note curling around and a late mineral twinge for contrast. Drink now through 2035.
Showing similar to last year, the 2017 Saint Joseph offers textbook Saint Joseph minerality as well as notes of ripe red and black fruits, bacon fat, and peppery herbs. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and elegant, it's up with the crème de la crème of the appellation.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Just a wonderfully fun, joyous expression of the appellation, Chave's 2017 Saint Joseph was set to be bottled the day after my visit. It blends lots from Chalaix, Dardouille, Les Oliviers, Bachasson, and Le Clos Florentin into a medium to full-bodied wine loaded with cherries and delicate herbal nuances. Silky and crisp on the finish, it can be enjoyed now and anytime over the next 5-6 years.