2018 Paul Jaboulet Hermitage La ChapelleSyrah from France
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- 98+ Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
- 98+ Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
98+ Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
"As I wrote last year from barrel, the 2018 Hermitage La Chapelle is a backward, primordial Hermitage built for the ages. Incredible crème de cassis, blueberries, scorched earth, burning embers, and liquid violet-like aromas and flavors dominate the bouquet, and this beauty is full-bodied, concentrated, and powerful on the palate. With just hints of the smoky, meaty, beefy character that emerges from all aged examples of this cuvée, it has incredible tannins, perfect balance, and a monster of a finish. Don't think about touching bottles for at least 7-8 years, and it's going to keep for 50 years or more."
98+ Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The beautifully proportioned 2018 Hermitage La Chapelle comes across as a complex, complete version of this renowned bottling, with no rough edges—just moderate spice, cassis, red berries and cedar on the nose. It's medium to full-bodied, silky and fine, brimming with harmony and elegance on the palate, while the finish is long, echoing with cassis, charcoal and crushed stone. The tannins firm up a bit on the finish, so I suspect this will close down soon, then blossom sometime after 2025."
98+ - Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
98+ - Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Taste||currant, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry|
|Nose||spice box, cedar and dark fruit|