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Chave

If there is any white Rhône wine I am particularly familiar with, it is Chave’s Hermitage Blanc. Until fairly recently this was inexpensive, though recently it has soared in price placing it well outside my comfort zone.

Fortunately, Chave has introduced an affordable St. Joseph Blanc “Celeste” as well as a Crozes Hermitage Blanc “Sybele” under their négociant label J. L. Chave Selection that together serve as a great introduction to the style. I prefer the Sybele for its waxy softness and the slight bitter/herbal edge of its fruit. The Chave Hermitage Blanc was famous for its extended and profound dumb period, rendering the wine virtually undrinkable for a decade before it emerged in mature splendor. I have a feeling that early reports of Sybele’s precocious demise are simply harbingers of better things to come. Be patient with this Roussane, Marsanne blend.
 

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