2008 J.L. Chave Sélection St. Joseph Céleste

White Rhone Blend

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Northern Rhône
  • St. Joseph
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Community Tasting Notes 14

  • juffer Likes this wine: 91 points

    March 2, 2018 - Distinctive nose of ginger and allspice along with floral notes. Rich mouth, good balance on the finish, but has lost some of its acidity relative to what I recall from a few years ago.

  • Saint Stephen wrote: 90 points

    February 6, 2016 - Not my usual thing but this was nice and interesting. Oily, peachy, melony, a little bit tart but not a lightweight.

  • juffer Likes this wine: 92 points

    October 17, 2012 - Tasted a couple years ago, I was unimpressed and would have rated it around 86. But now this wine is really coming together, particularly on the second day after opening. Out of a big bowled glass, the nose is very complex with citrus, mineral and an unusual gingerbread spiciness, which echoes again on the long finish. The mid palate is rich but elegant, also with plenty of mineral. I wish I had saved more of these, as I'm now getting the impression this will further improve with age.

  • danstrings wrote: 88 points

    July 28, 2012 - Good clean white Rhone, toasted almond, stone fruit, oily goodness.

  • ikkaariainen wrote: 91 points

    April 28, 2012 - Already a really lovely wine with anticipated improvement over the next 2-3 years and would also anticipate the rating going up a point or two. This wine has significantly improved in the almost 2 years that we've had a few of these bottles. Very intense nose of initially citrusy notes with underlying pear and honeysuckle developing as the wine opened up in the glass. Medium body, good structure, good acidity, clear yellow color, very satisfying long finish. Initially surprisingly tight in the glass but opened up beautifully with a clean minerally palate and notes of green apple, lemon and baking spices developing late on the palate. I definitely recommend this wine, a good QPR wine if you can get it for under $30 / bottle.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    10/28/2011 (link) 91 points

    (J.L. Chave Sélection St. Joseph Céleste) Light lemon yellow color; lovely, apple, mineral, lightly floral nose; medium bodied, tight, tart apple, mineral palate; needs 2-3 years; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/10/2011 (link) 91 points

    (J.L. Chave Sélection St. Joseph Céleste) Light medium lemon yellow color; vanilla, lemon gelee, lemon cream, oak nose; tasty, light oily textured, lemon gelee, tart lemon, oak palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type White
  • Producer J.L. Chave Sélection
  • Varietal White Rhone Blend
  • Designation Céleste
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Northern Rhône
  • Appellation St. Joseph

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 27 (39%)
  • Consumed 42 (61%)

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