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Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Saint-Joseph Clos Florentin 2019
France / Red

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Saint-Joseph Clos Florentin 2019

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The Chave family have been making wine in the Northern Rhone Valley since 1481. First in Saint Joseph, and then adding parcels of Hermitage - the appellation with which they are nearly synonymous. Jean-Louis Chave steers the domain, having taken over from his father the Gerard (one of just a few Chave men not named Jean-Louis in a very long line). Jean-Louis is fanatical about the farming in the vineyards, the preservation of the reputation of Hermitage and Saint Joseph, and the telling of their histories. Jean-Louis knows each parcel of the vineyards intimately and uses the grapes from each like instruments in an orchestra to bring about pure wine magic. 

Clos Florentin is a historic vineyard first planet din the 15th century by monks. It has produced wine continuously and was acquired by the Chaves in 2009. Organic before the purchase and Biodynamic now. The vineyard is in Mauves, just at the edge of the village. 

Wine Advocate:

"The 2019 Saint Joseph Le Clos Florentin was entirely destemmed, so while the wine's aromas and flavors from a hot, dry vintage skew toward cassis and black olives, the overall impression is one of elegance, finesse and polish. Medium to full-bodied, it's silky and fine, with a long, long finish."

Saint-Joseph AOC
Northern Rhône
Alluvial, granite, clay
The grapes are vinified at the Domaine using indigenous yeasts in wood tonneaux and stainless steel tanks, then aged for 15-18 months in barriques.