2003 Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage La Chapelle 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 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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Wine Advocate | Rating: 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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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 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.

Rating: 96
Author: dave1161
Trust Rating: 13
Tasted On: 12/24/2008

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Rating: 95
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 05/31/2014

Average rating: 94, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

2177 bottles owned by 448 collectors.

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Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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