2015 J.L. Chave Selection "Offerus" Saint-Joseph

SKU #1360627 93 points Wine Spectator

 Intense, with a racy graphite edge driving the core of crushed plum and cherry fruit along. Dried anise, fruitcake and black tea notes run along the edges, adding range and texture. Drink now through 2026. (JM)  (7/2018)

92 points Vinous

 Opaque ruby. Deep-pitched black and blue fruit, floral pastille, olive and smoky mineral character on the nose. Sweet, spicy and penetrating on the palate, offering juicy blueberry and cherry cola flavors underscored by a peppery quality that adds back-end spiciness and cut. Youthfully firm tannins add shape to the finish, which hangs on with impressive, dark-berry-driven tenacity. (JR)  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

The vineyards used for Offerus are located in two distinct St. Joseph areas. The communities of Mauves, Tournon, and St. Jean de Muzols yield over 80% of the blend and are owned by Jean-Louis. These southern vineyard sites express tightly wound tannins, spice, and power. They add structure and depth to complete the harmony of Offerus. The remaining vineyards are located in more northerly communities around Serrières, and even these are farmed mainly by Jean-Louis, though he doesn’t own the vineyards. This soil produces wines which are more elegant with incredible purity, definition, and focus. This cépage, composed of 100% Syrah, is a gorgeous panoply of baking spices and lavender tones. The brambly black fruit and roasted fig notes provide plenty of open fruit, and the light burnished leather quality adds to the complexity.


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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2018 | Send Email
Chave may be one of the masters of Hermitage but his Saint-Joseph may be where it's at for sheer pleasure. The Offerus is a mixture of different sites that creates a sum greater than its parts. Most of the fruit comes from Jean-Louis' holdings near Mauve which provide the beautiful fruit intensity and structure but a few tiny plots further north gift the wine its exotic perfume. This is exceptional Syrah that offers seamless fruit purity and access into the portfolio of one of the Northern Rhone's great winemakers. And all for under $30!

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2018 | Send Email
The Chave estate is one of the greatest wine producers with a long and revered history going back to the late 1400s. Their Hermitage Rouge and Blanc are some of greatest wines made every vintage. The Selection series is their way to offer Chave quality but at a much more accessible tariff. The Selection series wines have been getting better and better every year but the ’15 vintage heralds the best yet. This is stunning northern Rhone Syrah. Two important sources contribute to making this a wine of great structure, complexity, persistence, and ageability. You can drink this now but a few years in the cellar will only benefit the wine. Highly recommended.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2018 | Send Email
Chave for $27.99?? While this is obviously not the famed Hermitage, it is a way to get a taste of the JL Chave goodness (not to mention pedigree, winemaking know-how and tradition) for under $30. This is a nicely structured, savory St-Joseph, good for drinking now but sure to reward another 8-10 years in the cellar.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2018 | Send Email
I was really impressed by the complexity and layers of different notes this wine offers. Showcasing a more dusky, brooding character, the fruit is dark, and the savory elements are dominant. There is also a strong mineral drive through this wine, which adds a lot of character and complements the earth tones. This is one of the more interesting wines I've had from Saint-Joseph and this makes me more excited to try others from the region if they are all close to being this good.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2018 | Send Email
The much lauded 2015 vintage delivers again. Prized for it's ripeness, the thing that really strikes me in this 2015 bottling is the acidity. The fruit is dark with a nice herbal complexity, like walking into a bramble thicket, but the racy minerality that underpins all of that sweet fruit keeps the wine fresh, both in the glass and certainly in the cellar for many years.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5