2015 J. L. Chave Saint-Joseph

Year: 2015
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 94
James Suckling: 95-96
Jeb Dunnuck: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :


"The 2015 Saint Joseph has some delicate florals but is marked more by ripeness and power. Dark fruit, black olive and even some tarry notes feature prominently in this medium to full-bodied wine that’s supple, spicy and long on the finish.

Several years ago, a visit to Chave was an education in the lieux-dits of Herrmitage. Today, the lessons include a look at numerous plots in Saint-Joseph as well. Jean-Louis has made the appellation where the winery is situated a pet project, and he wears his passion for it on his sleeve. It was interesting to taste through the 2015s and 2016s here, noting points of similarity and difference. Hermitage was hit by a freak hailstorm in April 2016, which had the effect of severely limiting yields in many of the parcels. The difference in concentration between 2015 and 2016 in Hermitage is correspondingly much less than in the other appellations. When I visited in early November 2017, Jean-Louis was just beginning to put together the blend for the 2015 Hermitage, which he admitted he’s only just started to warm up to. “It took until the end of élevage for the wines to express their place,” he said." (WA)

"Inky ruby. Pungent, deeply pitched aromas of cassis, black raspberry, candied licorice and violet are complicated by suggestions of olive and smoky minerals. Smooth and seamless on the palate, offering impressively concentrated black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors and a sexy spicecake flourish. Becomes sweeter and livelier with air, with slow-building tannins adding grip to the extremely long, sappy and floral-accented finish." (VM)

"A plush and fleshy vintage with plenty of red plum, orange rind and darker fruits. The palate has neatly cut dark stones (granite), dark plum and bright acidity. This has dark coal smoke, a black stone edge and deep effortless power in the mouth. Best from 2020. " (JS)

"There are two Saint Joseph releases in 2015, and Jean-Louis finally decided to bottle his Le Clos cuvée separately. Hats off to him as both wines are up with the crème de la crème of the appellation. Looking at the classic 2015 Saint Joseph, this beauty offers loads of kirsch, currants, and blackberry fruits intermixed with more smoked meats, cedar, and minerality. It’s a rich, powerful, mineral-laced Saint Joseph to drink over the coming 10-15 years." (JD)