Jean-Louis Chave Saint-Joseph 2004

92 points

St-Joseph, Rhône, France. 13.5%

Another fabulous Chave syrah. Glorious smokey, rather complex for a young wine, aromas. Compared with the 2003 it is fresher, lighter on its feet, without the dense stuffing of the 2003. It seems more simple. It’s fine, and may last longer. While it’s certainly approachable it will gain in complexity with 2-5 years more cellaring.

The 2003 is quite a different wine, reflecting the hot vintage. While I clearly prefer the 2004 to the 2003 in Bordeaux, here it is a much harder call even though the vintage differences are just as pronounced. 2003 in the Rhône was hot but didn’t produce baked wines, Shiraz doesn’t mind heat !

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