Louis Cheze Saint Joseph “Anges”
Louis Cheze "Cuvee des Anges" [75cl] 2011 France

Cuvée des Anges is prestigious winemaker Louis Chèze’s top cuvée, from AOC Saint-Joseph, a ‘‘Cru’’ on the west bank of the Northern Rhône Valley, between Côte-Rôtie to the North and Hermitage to the South. Saint-Joseph is one of 15 Côtes du Rhône Crus (the highest level of the Côtes du Rhône classification) including Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Condrieu, and Côte-Rôtie. Its highly sought-after wines were served to the Kings of France as far back as the 16th century, when it was known as Vin de Mauves (as it is called in Les Misérables). Modern-day Saint-Joseph gained its own AOC in 1956, and the only red grape allowed in the appellation is Syrah.

The 2011 Cuvée ‘Anges’ is a serious Syrah from Louis Cheze. Dark and brooding with intoxicating aromas of ripe dark cherry and blackberries along with spices, roasted coffee, ash, smoke, dark chocolate, violets, iron and licorice which burst from the glass. This shows remarkable concentration and depth with a gorgeous plush texture that will instantly win you over. The finish is long and voluptuous, leaving behind a generous mouthful of dark fruits, spices and espresso. The wine spent between 18-22 months in 100% new French oak. This may be the best wine I have yet to taste from the Domaine. (Best 2015-2029) - March, 2014 (JD) 93 POINTS International Wine Report