2003 Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage La Chapelle 750ml

France - Northern Rhone - Hermitage/ Red / Syrah
2003 Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage La Chapelle
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International Wine Cellar | 92

($170) 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.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 124

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Wine Advocate | 95

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.

Drink Dates: 2011-2036
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 163

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Wine Spectator | 96

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.

Drink Dates: 2008-2030
Author: James Molesworth


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Score: 95
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 05/31/2014
Score: 96
Author: Adrian W
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/15/2010
Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Wine was double decanted 2 hours before. This was compared to Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon 1997 and 1998 Scrio (Syrah from Bolgheri). The La Chapelle showed very well with its trademark pepper nose. There is a delicate sweetness that is well balanced with acidity, and the wine has good structure. The mid-palate is intense, fat and succulent.
Score: 96
Author: dave1161
Trust Rating: 14
Tasted On: 12/24/2008

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