2011 J.L. Chave Selection "Celeste" Saint-Joseph Blanc

SKU #1131934 90 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark (made from 90% roussanne and 10% marsanne, mostly from the granitic soils of Mauves, with the vines ranging from 8 to 60 years old): Bright yellow-gold. Intense, spice-accented aromas and flavors of poached pear, honey and tangerine. At once rich and lively, with strong back-end cut and stony persistence. Shows very nice definition for a rich wine. Inner quote mark (4/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A lush, toasty, buttery style, with creamed peach, white corn, piecrust and glazed pear flavors. Very flattering, revealing a buried blanched almond hint that keeps this honest through the finish. Inner quote mark (11/2013)

K&L Notes

From the importer: "The vineyards for Céleste are located in Mauves on granitic slopes. It is the only white produced by Jean Louis Chave which comes from granitic soil. This wine is now available since 2009 thanks to the purchase by Domaine Jean Louis Chave of a well reputed historic St Joseph domaine. The wine is so stunning, Jean Louis continues to plant more Roussanne on the unplanted granite soils of this newly acquired domaine. This white St Joseph differs from the white Hermitage in that the soil of white Hermitage (clay and limestone) gives softness and suppleness to the wine whereas the granite soil expresses a wonderful minerality which perfectly accompanies food and gives an additional sense of vivacity." 14% abv.


Price: $29.99
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