Hermitage La Chapelle, Paul Jaboulet Ainé, Northern Rhone, France, 2000
Grape: 100% Syrah, oaked, 60-100 year old vines on very stony soil from 4 parcels on the Hermitage hill at Tain.
Hermitage La Chapelle can be one of the world's most profound wines, but the 2000 vintage produced a wine which is lighter than normal with soft, open fruit. Now fully mature.
"The dark ruby-colored 2000 Hermitage La Chapelle possesses light to medium body, high acidity, sweet cherry and black currant fruit, but a leanness and tartness that are surprising in a wine of this fame and stature. The finish is austere and hollow."
86/100 points, Robert M. Parker Jr., WINE ADVOCATE, June 2003
"Dark red. Inviting aromas of currant, leather, smoke, pepper and earth. Sweet, elegant and showy, with lovely juicy currant and pepper flavors. Has a distinctly claret-like weight and plummy character. Finishes suave and long. Showing a lot of personality today but this will evolve fairly rapidly. The 2001, which featured a stricter selection of fruit, seems much younger and capable of slower development in bottle."
90/100 points, Stephen Tanzer, VINOUS, January 2003
Also rated 17/20 points from Jancis Robinson in 2006
This is part of a private customer’s collection. These wines are in excellent condition. We are acting as an agent in the sale and the price is exclusive of V.A.T. which is not due. Our multibuy discounts do not apply.
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