All the classic tastes - fruit, spice,with some flint at the end. This one is not too forward, leaving an impression of subtlety unexpected at the price.
J.L. Chave is know for big wines, many of which become classics. This is another classic cotes du Rhone. Not big in show but big as an expression with classic spice notes of tar and smoke and balanced fruit and acidic/tannic structure at the core all playing in concert. Decant for the extra umph. The rating is for price/value.
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