2016 J.L. Chave Sélection Hermitage Farconnet (750ml)

2016 J.L. Chave Sélection Hermitage Farconnet (750ml)

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Saturated ruby. Mineral- and spice-accented aromas of fresh dark berries, licorice and candied violet show excellent delineation, clarity and lift. At once rich and energetic in the mouth, offering juicy black raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors that steadily deepen on the back half. Turns sweeter on the persistent, penetrating finish, which features well-knit tannins and lingering floral and exotic spice notes. This is quite graceful, and while it will no doubt reward patience, it's awfully easy to drink now. 94 points - Josh Raynolds (Vinous, March 2020)

Erin and Jean-Louis Chave's négociant operation is steadily becoming less accurately referred to as a négociant, since the Hermitage and Saint-Joseph Offerus bottlings are now sourced entirely from the Chave family's own vines. The Crozes-Hermitage Silène is made from grapes grown in the prime granitic soils of Gervans and Larnage, in the northern and original sector of that sprawling appellation, and its graceful, nervy character shows that pedigree. All of these wines deliver superb value and provide more than a cursory glimpse at this fabled domaine's style and Chave’s winemaking talent. - JR (Vinous)