Saint-Joseph: Jean-Louis Chave Sélection 'Offerus' Rouge 2018
"This is lively, with bright black cherry and blackberry coulis flavors racing along, lined with a fresh sanguine note and backed by a minerally edge on the finish. A flash of bay leaf in the background adds range. Drink now through 2030. 93/100."
James Molesworth - Wine Spectator
As opposed to the Chave's Domaine St Joseph (which is exclusively sourced from their own vineyards), the 'Offerus' includes an ever-diminishing proportion of Syrah grapes that Jean-Louis buys in. Like any drop that leaves the estate's cellars in Mauves, this wine receives the full Chave level of meticulous quality control.
As Jean-Louis's lifetime project in the hillsides above Mauves gains pace, the quality of the estate's Saint Josephs reaches new heights. This work, plus the purchase of the 4 hectare Clos Florentin walled vineyard in 2010, means that Jean-Louis can be more and more selective in the grapes he chooses for the domaine St Joseph and the proportion of bought in grapes for the 'Offerus' decreases (it is currently around 25%).
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Saint-Joseph|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef|
|Cellarage||Drink 2021 to 2025.|
|Vinification||The wine is fermented in vat for 3-4 weeks and then raised in used oak barrels 15 months before bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14.5|
Jean-Louis Chave Sélection
The 1995 vintage was the first vintage Jean-Louis produced under his 'négociant' label 'Sélection'. Purchasing Syrah grapes from good friends in Saint-Joseph, it formed the basis for a range that includes a red and white St Joseph named 'Offerus' and 'Circa respectively, a Crozes-Hermitage ''Silène'', 'Mon Coeur' Côtes-du-Rhône and a Hermitage Rouge 'Farconnet' and 'Blanche'. At the same time, the Chave family began restoring derelict vineyards in Saint-Joseph, the fruit from which now forms the basis of several of these wines. The 'Sélection' wines receive as much care and attention as the Domaine wines and their quality shows Jean-Louis' commitment to the region and drive for accessibility at keen prices.
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