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As this is generic Crozes-Hermitage, I am not shocked to find the wine has peaked - decent vintage notwithstanding. Virtually no tannins remain and flavor is dominated by stewed confit, a hint of old tennis shoe and unpleasant tartness on the palate. Although the wine is technically sound, I'd try an more recent vintage. Bad bottle?
Elegant and balanced. Soft and polished. Focused purity. Meat. Fruit. Cream. Acts I, II and III. Runs you up the tree. Offers you the options to get down. And finishes with happily ever after.
Kiwi, orange nose - perfumed, bubble gum, smoke! Insane. Very soft tannins. Very balanced and interesting. Ready and quaffable. Black fruit, cinnamon. Subtle and complex. Meaty. Hard cheese. Soft. Beery? Medium body.
14.5% alcohol gives this a great and almost oily texture and a faint sense of sweetness. Blind, it reminded me of an unoaked French chardonnay. Lots of nice pears, minerals, a hint of toast but not oaky, relatively light acidity. Very nice quaffer.
very ripe, but not overly so, tasted like Cali fruit with very good balance. impressive.
Good value for money - Light enough for fish.
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Deep, saturated ruby. Intensely spicy aromas of blackberry, bitter cherry, tobacco and minerals, with a complicating note of black pepper that became more pronounced with air. This is quite fresh and lively for the vintage, showing tangy red and dark... Stephen Tanzer. A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2003 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle 750ml
Not up to the level of Jaboulet’s Domaine de Thalabert bottling, the 2003 Les Jalets is nevertheless a very good wine, offering peppery, herbal and red-fruit aromas and flavors of tart cherries and green olives. Despite the red-green character of the fruit, the mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy. Turns crisp on the finish.
Displays velvety blackberry fruit with smoky spice on the finish. Perfect with lamb.
A Marsanne wine from Rhone in France. 2003 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage Chevalier de Sterimberg 750ml
Deep, saturated ruby. Intensely spicy aromas of blackberry, bitter cherry, tobacco and minerals, with a complicating note of black pepper that became more pronounced with air. This is quite fresh and lively for the vintage, showing tangy red and dark berry flavors and a solid, chewy texture. Finishes with considerable finesse.
The finest example of this cuvee since 1990, the 2003 Hermitage La Chapelle (50,000 bottles rather than the normal 96,000+ were produced) possesses an inky/purple color as well as a tremendous bouquet of creme de cassis, crushed flowers, truffles, and licorice. Full-bodied and powerful (15% natural alcohol) with good freshness and definition, this big, rich, dense, reassuringly great La Chapelle should be cellared for 5–8 years, and drunk over the following 20–25.
Deceptively graceful at first, with a Burgundian-like perfume, this quickly delivers a torrent of fruit — blackberry, boysenberry and black currant — that cascades over itself, pushed from behind by flavors of mocha, mineral, tar and violets. Long, sweet and pure through a densely structured finish. Best from 2008 through 2030.
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