2011 Jean-Louis Chave Selection Cotes du Rhone Mon Coeur

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Chris and I are huge Rhone fans.  A few years back we attended a J.L. Chaves wine tasting at Sunfish Cellars.  During the tasting, we had the privileged to meet Erin Cannon-Chave.  Erin is the owner of JL Chave SelectionErin imports the wines and is married to the winemaker Jean-Louis Chave.  Since 1481, the family has been tending the vines from Hermitage.   

The Mon Coeur was actually created by Jean-Louis Chave in the late 1990s at the request of a Las Vegas hotel. It’s a blend of Syrah and Grenache from the Villages Rasteau, Cairanne, and Vinsobres, typically deep and textural.

So why do I like Rhone-style wines?  I like a more earthy herbaceous wine with a slight spice.  Not too much black pepper and I prefer no white pepper.  The wines are rich, supple and with this wine I even noted truffle as I tasted it.  Our friend Robert loves these types of wines too.  After my first sip, I had to text a picture to Robert.

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Sight
Deep color depth with a purple hue.

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Smell
Aromatic, young-fruity with aromas of earthy, spice, dark fruit and truffle.

Taste
Dry, full-bodied and lively acidity.  Rich savory mid-palate flavors with a long lingering finish.

abv: 14.5%

How much: $23.99

Region/appellation:  France, Cotes Du Rhone

I rated the 2011 Jean-Louis Chave Selection Cotes du Rhone Mon Coeur four glasses.

Life is too short to drink crappy wine.  Expand your palate and keep trying.

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