2012 J.L. Chave Selection "Mon Coeur" Côtes du Rhône

SKU #1165407 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Youthful purple color. Ripe dark berry and cherry-cola scents are enlivened by a peppery quality and a hint of violet. Round and fleshy on the palate, offering gently sweet blackberry and cassis flavors and a zesty spine of acidity. Finishes long and spicy, with building sweetness, soft tannins and a hint of smokiness.  (3/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Bay leaf, olive and iron notes weave around a core of steeped black cherry and black currant fruit, with a sanguine accent leaving a mouthwatering edge on the finish. Drink now through 2016.  (11/2014)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2015 | Send Email
The Mon Coeur is based on a majority of Syrah with the rest Grenache. It has beautiful blackberry and blueberry notes with classic spicebox aromas. As it opens, it shows more earthy meaty qualities. It is always one of my favorite Cotes du Rhônes.

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
Follow your heart to this striking yet classic Côtes du Rhône from legendary producer J.L. Chave. More Syrah than Grenache, this blend hails from the south but drinks like a northern Rhône with peppery spice and notes of violets and forest floor. The vines for this release are 20-60 years old, and the quality is evident: medium-bodied with a heady structure and black fruit through the palate, this beauty is a strong pairing with food while staying approachable enough to enjoy on its own. An unbelievable value, Mon Coeur has traveled to the Hollywood Bowl, impressed at parties, and wowed at weddings - for less than $18, customers (and staff!) have fallen in love.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2015 | Send Email
This is one of my favorite Côtes du Rhônes year after year. I anticipate its arrival because it always has the most pleasing red and black fruit flavors and garrigue aromatics, pepper and violet notes on the palate. It also exhibits an elegance that is quite unique and reveals its high pedigree.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2015 | Send Email
Keeping it all in the family has proven to be the right formula for success for this highly regarded vigneron, as Jean-Louis Chave inherited the ‘wine’ gene from his father Gerard, who inherited it from his father who, well, you know how it goes. They approach the process as anything but formulaic, from the intensive cultivation of vines to meticulous selections in the cellar, and whether it is in the their supremely crafted white and red Hermitages or their more modest Côtes du Rhônes, they are intuitively immersed in every aspect of winemaking. Waxing philosophically, Gerard once remarked that “wine should be drunk and enjoyed, not intellectualized, as there seem to be more spitters than drinkers.” Well, for those fortunately in the latter group, the Mon Coeur will reward with stylish aromas of morello cherry and violets, measured on the midweight palate by ripe blackcurrants, pepper and spice, with clean acidity and smooth tannins. A supple, well-integrated wine that will enhance many a meal from short ribs to a Moroccan tagine.
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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5