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JL Chave Crozes Hermitage Silene 2011JL Chave Crozes Hermitage Silene 2011
Size: 750ml
Country: France
Region: Northern Rhone
Sub-Region: Crozes Hermitage

WS 91

The vineyards for Silène are hillside vineyards located in Larnage and Gervans. It is rare for Crozes to come from hillside granitic soil as most Crozes is situated on the alluvial valley floor. The granite soil produces a wine with more backbone and structure. The idea behind this Crozes is to balance the fruit of Syrah without compromising the tightness given by the granite. 50% of the Crozes comes from a parcel of young vines planted in 2003 and owned by Domaine Jean Louis Chave. The parcel sits on a beautiful terroir on the rear east-facing flank of the Hermitage hill.

The grapes are vinified at the Domaine using indigenous yeasts and aged for 18 months in 600 liter oak casks. The result is a wine of balance and pleasure and a great introduction to Crozes.


"A dark, slightly beefy style, with roasted chestnut and tobacco notes followed by coffee, tar and steeped black currant fruit. The tarry edge lingers through the finish. There's nice old-school character to this. Drink now through 2014." -Rated 91, Wine Spectator