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Smell this wine and you're smelling Hermitage, from the warm granite baking in the sun at the top of the hill to the ripeness of the fruit hanging ... Read more
The 1991 Hermitage La Chapelle, which also had a 40-day maceration, was harvested terrace by terrace because of the unsettled weather. It is succes... Read more
The wine world was stunned and saddened by the loss of Gerard Jaboulet this year, and this wine, the estate's jewel in the crown, is a fitting trib... Read more
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Smell this wine and you're smelling Hermitage, from the warm granite baking in the sun at the top of the hill to the ripeness of the fruit hanging on the vines to the garrigue that surrounds them. Those scents continue into the taste, carried on sandy, firm tannins, dense yet fragrant. It's powerful wine, the alcohol extra fuel to the roasted cherry flavors, yet it somehow remains elegant, streamlined, all of a piece. It's a bit shut down right now, so leave it in the cellar for another few years.
The 1991 Hermitage La Chapelle, which also had a 40-day maceration, was harvested terrace by terrace because of the unsettled weather. It is successful, with a personality not far removed from the 1985. Soft and ripe, it reveals an excellent deep purple color, a rich, unformed but intense nose, medium to full-bodied flavors, excellent concen- tration, sweet tannins, and low acidity. It should drink well for 15 years.
The wine world was stunned and saddened by the loss of Gerard Jaboulet this year, and this wine, the estate's jewel in the crown, is a fitting tribute. It's vivid, lush, international-style Hermitage, polished and lavishly oaked, stuffed with ripe flavors of plums, prunes, chocolate and toast. The firm tannins dominate now, but it should smooth out and gain in complexity with age.
This ripe, vivid and lush Rhône is made in an international-style, lavishly oaked, with seductive plum, prune, chocolate and toast flavors. Known to improve with age, so hold until 1999 or so, until the firm tannins have smoothed out.
Very good ruby-red color. Perfumed nose of black- and redcurrants, grilled meat and chocolate. Large-scaled, layered and superripe, with strong inner-mouth flavor. Yet rather closed today. Young La Chapelle often shows a resiny, damp earth, ever raisiny oxidative aspect when tasted early, but there's no sign of this today. Thicker, more powerful and longer than the '96: the yield here was just 30 hectoliters per hectare, compared to 38 in '96.
Saturated, opaque ruby red. Full-bodied. highly extracted. quite tannic. Red fruits, minerals, earth. Solid and well-proportioned, with tough tannins not obscuring generous fruit flavors. This is too backward for current consumption. A long-term cellar wine with great potential.
A saturated purple/plum color is accompanied by gamy, blackberry, and smoked meat aromas. While this wine is rich and full-bodied, the question marks reflects its gritty, astringent tannin and austere personality. At present, it is less of a sure bet than the 1996 or 1997. However, it is a large-scaled, boldly-flavored, but ferociously tannic La Chapelle. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2035.
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