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2019 J.L. Chave Selection "Silène" Crozes-Hermitage

SKU #1550378

J. L. Chave Selection was launched in the 1990s as a way to introduce wine consumers to the Chave style, at a lower price point, retaining the winery's famous quality. Originally much of the wine came from other producers; now, younger plantings of the domaine's own properties are included. Wine writer Richard Jennings fills in the details, from a tasting with Erin Cannon Chave: "The Crozes-Hermitage Silene is named after Bacchus’s drunken father-in-law. Most of Crozes is on the valley floor, on clay, but the Chave’s parcel sits on the east-facing rear flank of Hermitage, so it has more granite mixed with the clay, on a steep hillside. The parcel came from the family’s purchase of Domaine de l’Ermite in 1981. Gerard Chave purchased it for its Hermitage vineyards, but it came with this piece of Crozes that Gerard never did anything with. Jean-Louis was going through the planting rights, which expire in France after 20 years if you don’t use them. In 2002, Jean-Louis realized they were on the verge of losing their planting rights there, so Jean-Louis ripped out the oaks and terraced the hills for planting. The Crozes Silene is therefore about 70% Domaine juice and 30% purchased grapes. Erin claims this Crozes tends to be 'fleshy, flashy and bright.'" (5/2012)

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