Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Saint-Joseph Syrah

9.286 ratings
9.325 pro ratings
St. Joseph, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Matt Lasater

Great density on the palate that remains focused. Very seamless across the palate, with oak, acid, tannin, and alcohol all in balance. Classy but still has a wholesome nature to it. Beautiful aromas and flavors of cooked mulberry, blackberry jam, charred meat, pastille, bacon, cedar, bitter roots, graphite, woodsmoke. Drinking great right now

Great density on the palate that remains focused. Very seamless across the palate, with oak, acid, tannin, and alcohol all in balance. Classy but still has a wholesome nature to it. Beautiful aromas and flavors of cooked mulberry, blackberry jam, charred meat, pastille, bacon, cedar, bitter roots, graphite, woodsmoke. Drinking great right now

Feb 20th, 2020
Jeff Collins

Owner Peabody's Wine & Beer Merchants and Benchmark Provisions

8.7

Hope this is in a “dumb phase” pleasant but not expressive. Gonna wait 5 or more years before I open the next.

Hope this is in a “dumb phase” pleasant but not expressive. Gonna wait 5 or more years before I open the next.

Oct 9th, 2019
Max Kelly

Terrific wine - densely packed earthy, dark fruit coulis character, a little savory green leaf accent, and a distinct aged meat note lurking in the background. Amazing length, tons of umami...this will need lots of time to unwind, but when it does it's going to be excellent.

Terrific wine - densely packed earthy, dark fruit coulis character, a little savory green leaf accent, and a distinct aged meat note lurking in the background. Amazing length, tons of umami...this will need lots of time to unwind, but when it does it's going to be excellent.

2 people found it helpfulJun 11th, 2017
Levi Glenn

Not much fruit and more secondary on the nose. Full and fairly rich on the mid. Probably too ripe to get the peppery notes from this wine. Great wine but not as old-world as I would have imagined.

Not much fruit and more secondary on the nose. Full and fairly rich on the mid. Probably too ripe to get the peppery notes from this wine. Great wine but not as old-world as I would have imagined.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 7th, 2016
Yianni Stoner

Savory meats and forest floor. The Domaine JL Chave St. Joseph never ceases to impress; Arguably the greatest value for rouge in the Northern Rhône.

Savory meats and forest floor. The Domaine JL Chave St. Joseph never ceases to impress; Arguably the greatest value for rouge in the Northern Rhône.

1 person found it helpfulNov 22nd, 2018
Eric Guido

The Chave for the rest of us? As a huge fan of Chave Hermitage, but not of the price and decades you need to wait while allowing them to mature, The Chave Saint Joseph is a great alternative. The bouquet displayed layers upon layers of dark fruits, roasted plum, grilled herbs, black earth, charred meats and dark floral tones. On the palate, it was lifted and finessed, but deceiving so, as its fruit intensity came forward with time in the glass. There's a savory richness to its black fruits, which were strewn with chiseled minerality and inner floral notes. Dark floral tones, bacon fat, and the freshest, ripe cherry fruit you can imagine, lingered on the finish. This is a serious wine that's just waiting to be truly discovered.

The Chave for the rest of us? As a huge fan of Chave Hermitage, but not of the price and decades you need to wait while allowing them to mature, The Chave Saint Joseph is a great alternative. The bouquet displayed layers upon layers of dark fruits, roasted plum, grilled herbs, black earth, charred meats and dark floral tones. On the palate, it was lifted and finessed, but deceiving so, as its fruit intensity came forward with time in the glass. There's a savory richness to its black fruits, which were strewn with chiseled minerality and inner floral notes. Dark floral tones, bacon fat, and the freshest, ripe cherry fruit you can imagine, lingered on the finish. This is a serious wine that's just waiting to be truly discovered.

1 person found it helpfulNov 13th, 2015
Vivek Surti

Marketing Director Nashville Wine Auction

9.1

Doing a tasting for an upcoming dinner. Can't wait to offer this up to folks!

Doing a tasting for an upcoming dinner. Can't wait to offer this up to folks!

1 person found it helpfulSep 23rd, 2015
Beau Carufel

Winemaker/Owner Random Wine Company

9.0

Glorious!

Glorious!

Jul 9th, 2017
Yianni Stoner

Fleshy, spicy bright red fruits.

Fleshy, spicy bright red fruits.

Oct 26th, 2016
Vito Sergio Parente

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

Oct 19th, 2016