Saturday, October 26, 2013

Review: *** $$ J. L. Chave Selection Offerus Saint-Joseph, France, 2006

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Saint-Joseph is a region of the northern Rhone, with its wines comprised of primarily syrah, often with a touch of white grape.

Original tasting and review : This is J. L. Chave Selection Offerus Saint-Joseph, France, 2006, finished at 13.5% alcohol, sampled seven years from vintage date.  This rated a whopping 91 points from Wine Spectator.

In the glass: Medium deep dusty red.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows blood red sweetness, with minor hints of cough syrup.  From the aroma, seems li
ke this will be dense, perhaps a bit aged, and full-featured.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as suggested by the nose. Indeed, this one may have seen a little too much time in the bottle, having grown just a bit tired and sluggish.

In summary: Seems past its prime.  But I will give some decant time and resample.

Two days in partially filled bottle under vacuum:  Actually, shows less age and better balance overall.  A solid three star on the five star Spirit of Wine scale.

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