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2003 Hermitage Paul Jaboulet Ainé La Chapelle (750ml)
Producer: Paul Jaboulet Ainé jaboulet.com
Appellation: Hermitage - Vallée du Rhône - France (AOC)
Type: red
Varietal: Syrah
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$160.00
Tasting Notes:
rated: February 1, 2006 , Josh Reynolds, IWC
92 points "Deep, saturated ruby. Instensely 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. Finshes with considerable finesse. IWC Issue 124, January/February 2006."
rated: December 17, 2007 , James Molesworth (WS)
96 points "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. 4,000 cases made. Best from 2008-2030" Best 2008-2030
rated: December 17, 2007 , Robert Parker (WA)
95 points "The finest example of this cuvee since 1990, the 2003 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. Issue 63" Best 2011-2036