Rhône Royalty:
2018 Chave Saint-Joseph

Posted by Ian McFadden

Chave's ability to render Syrah with depth, detail, and sophistication is without parallel.

While the Hermitage is among the world's great wines, Chave's Saint-Joseph is where you find outrageous value. 

Along with Pierre Gonon, Chave produces our favorite expression of St. Joseph. Chave's St. Joseph is something that we go deep on every vintage. 

photo of label of chave st joseph

We've been amazed at how well Chave's St. Joseph ages. A bottle from 1995 opened a couple of years ago blew us away. Each vintage, I stash away 4-6 bottles.

Chave's 2018 Saint-Joseph has all the markers of an important and long-aging edition of the wine. There's incredible poise, concentration, and length. It's the total package. 

The 2018 combines power with a wonderful impression of poise. There's a seamless elegance that's beautiful. 

The Chave family has deep roots in Saint-Joseph, dating back to 1481. Jean-Louis has been a major proponent of St. Joseph’s potential, buying choice parcels and painstakingly rebuilding terraces there since the 1990s. Today, the Chave family home is in Mauves, in the beating heart of St. Joseph.

I'll wrap this up. The Chaves are Rhône royalty. The 2018 Saint-Joseph highlights their level of mastery with the Syrah and is not to be missed.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

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