Critical Acclaim: 97 pts Vinous; 96 pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate; 94 pts Decanter; 93 pts Jeb Dunnuck.
About the Wine: Domaine Jean-Louis Chave is one of the most revered wine producers in the Rhône Valley of France. This family-run estate has been making wine for over 500 years, with a history that dates back to 1481. The Chave family’s long standing tradition and commitment to quality have made their wines some of the most sought-after and collectible in the world. Their Saint-Joseph is a savvy pickup considering their flagship Hermitage is nearly triple the price. The JL Chave Saint Joseph provides a more approachable style and can be enjoyed at a younger age compared to their Hermitage.
Tasting Notes: "The rating and review of the 2020 Saint Joseph is a composite based on tasting several lots—Chalaix, Dardouilles and Bechasson—from barrel. With aromas that range from violets to rose petals, garrigue and licorice, plus fruit notes from raspberries to blueberries and cassis, it should prove remarkably complex, backed by ample concentration and ripe, silky tannins." Anticipated maturity 2023-2035- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
"Bottled in August of 2022, the 2020 Saint Joseph is a beauty and is showing nicely. Classic Saint Joseph darker fruits, peppery herbs, damp earth, and spice, as well as a hint of tapenade, all emerge on the nose, and it's medium to full-bodied, has a concentrated mid-palate, and outstanding length. It's impeccably made and will evolve for 10-15 years." Anticipated maturity 2022 - 2037- Jeb Dunnuck.
"All the lieux-dits I tasted that make up this domaine's Saint-Joseph were showing well and expressed their typical characters, this promising to be a precise style with clear, complex aromatics. It's possible that the rose-scented lieu-dit Bachesson component might be bottled separately this year - in which case you should buy it without hesitation." Drinking window 2025-2030. - Decanter.