Barrels at Chave

We continued throughout the cellar stopping to taste the 2017 Hermitage Red from 5 different barrels, the final blend not yet determined, then the 2016 Saint Joseph Estate: Wild, untamed nose with dark rustic fruit. Young. Focused tannins. Violets & spice. Earth + Minerals. Potential outstanding!

We finished in the cellar with these:

2016 Saint Joseph Clos Florentin: Baby. Tannins. Earth. Dark and meaty. Needs much time!

2017 Saint Joseph Clos Floretin: tasted first the barrel from the Clos just above the river (Rich. Texture. Lush. Tremendous Spice. Chalky. Tannins!) then from the barrel from the vineyard high above the Clos (on pure granite: lean and very fresh with bright acidity and clean pure dark meaty fruit). Cannot wait to taste the final blend in bottle…

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