The Domaine Jean-Louis Chave have been wine producers in the northern Rhône since 1481, the Chave family (currently helmed by Gérard and son Jean-Louis) represents 16 generations of unbroken lineage committed to the production of some of the finest Syrah, Marsanne, and Roussanne on the planet. Jean Louis joined his father in 1992 after completing undergraduate studies at University of Connecticut and a degree in oenology at Davis. It was at that time that he completely replanted vineyards on the family’s original estate in Saint-Joseph, which had been abandoned in the early 1900’s when phylloxera hit the region.
The 2015 Saint Joseph is loaded with plenty of kirsch, currants, and blackberry fruits intermixed with smoked meats, cedar, and minerality. It’s a rich, powerful, mineral-laced Saint Joseph that will cellar well for the next 10-15 years.