Top 5% wine in the UK
Blend: 100% Syrah
From: France, Hermitage AOC
By: Jean-Louis & Erin @ JL Chave Selection
This Crozes-Hermitage comes from the negociant arm of legendary Hermitage producer J.L. Chave. It is made entirely from syrah, and is full-bodied with rich cherry and spice flavours and easy-going tannins. This baby Hermitage is perfect for a mid-week dinner, particularly on a cold winter’s night.
The grapes for this wine come from hillside vineyard, where the soil is a lot more rich in granite than in other parts of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation, giving the wine a more taut, mineral feel. After being harvested by hand, the grapes are vinified using indigenous yeasts, and are matured for 18 months in large old oak barrels.
Silene has proved popular with critics, with Vinous awarding the 2013 vintage 91 points, and Wine Spectator giving the 2014 vintage 90 points.
Vivino users rate it a top wine with a stunning 3.9!