J.L. Chave Selection Crozes-Hermitage Blanc Sybele 2018

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A provocative yet gentle white from Crozes-Hermitage.

Producer/Winery: Domaine Jean-Louis Chave; Mauves, France.

Grape Variety: White Rhone Blend – 60% Marsanne amd 40% Roussane.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Crozes-Hermitage; Rhône Valley, France.

Vintage: 2018

Price: $27.00 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Seared salmon, oven fried potatoes and corn-on-the-cob.


    Chilled before drinking. Clear, oat straw color. Unripe melon, citrus, green apples, peach and honeysuckle aromas. Dry, VERY tart, intense, slightly waxy mouthfeel, medium to full body and a 200-grit texture. Very strong flavors of apple, lemon, quince and honey (but NOT at all sweet) with hints of alcohol on every pour. Lots of crisp acidity and a long bitter quince and melon tasting finish. Unusual white wine…the fruit flavors didn’t appear compatible with the impassioned mouthfeel. We found it quite pleasant with the salmon, but not as good sipping after the dinner. It was not a wine that grew on us and we enjoyed the first pour the most. In the end we called it a provocative yet gentle white from Crozes-Hermitage.

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Alcohol Content: 14.5%

Closure: Aluminium covered 45mm Plastic cork.

UPC Code: 3 760046 003287

Imported by: Erin Cannon Imports; Manhasset, New York.