Fully mature but still vibrant with fresh acidity. Tannins have completely melted away and the wine is smooth as silk. Beautiful barnyard notes with a nice amount of pepper and spice. This is at peak drinking age today.
Great nose. Plum and soft berry. A lot of funk early but it blew off after an hour. Barnyard, plum all consistent on the palate. But smooth, light and very elegant. Drinking great, certainly has plateaued but several years of great drinking ahead.
Rhone night at Nicolas. My wine of the flight, totally different from everyone else at the table. There was such great bottle variation with this wine I really don't know what to expect anymore. I've had this wine thrice in a year and each time it appears so different! This was deep red, touch of bricking, with a lovely mineral driven nose with roasted meats, beef broth, barnyard, olives, blackberries, plums and cherries. This drank younger than its age, I thought it was the Chave. The palate was firm, structured and "elegantly dirty". Sandalwood, leather, black tea with a decent amount of fruit still present. I'm no longer going to say this is a good wine, but rather - a good bottle. (but not the best I've had)
Huge nose and palate of smoke, fresh blood and mocha - which would be great but those tertiary characteristics have overwhelmed the fruit at this point. As well, the acidity is fading so the plate is getting flabby and has no "grip". But if you enjoy drinking smoky beef blood, have at it.
A Night of Truly Diverse Wines (Newtown, Sydney): A fascinating example of the rewards one can get from a wine presumably past its peak, but with so much to say. Loads of brett on the nose, alongside coffee grounds and grapevines. Gentle black fruit palate accompanied by leather, mocha and earthy tones. Quite watery and lacking in concentration, but somehow that seemed entirely fitting. I was thrilled to savor this throughout the evening.
BYO Dinner (Tocqueville): Intense and focused nose of new leather, black currant and black cherry. Smoked meats, barbecue pit, scorched earth, coffee grinds and mocha. Smoky and meaty. Somewhat tough to get a read on tonight, perhaps not as expressive as expected. Would really like to come back to this with some barbecue...
A fun drink that was amazingly fresh for its age. Loved it but it may have been lightly, almost indectiably corked. Or, was it? The fruit was totally there but every now and then I got a faint whiff of musty.
A Great French Tuesday at Tilia (Tilia, Mpls): Very dark red color. PNP, drank 1 glass over an hour. This bottle was the subject of a great deal of discussion tonight. Was it corked, was it not corked, lightly corked, not corked. I'm of the opinion that this bottle was not corked. There was one moment shortly after pouring that there was maybe something odd, but I never found it again and over time the nose got better and better for me. If there was anything off, it didn't have an impact for me. I found this to be lovely and very good. The nose was full of aromatics, bacon fat, a distinct floral quality that made me think there was a smidge of marsanne/roussanne in here, smoked meat, dark fruits. The palate has a plush, velvety texture, black cherry, plum, dark red berries, blood meal, bacon, fat, perfectly integrated, ready. Thanks Steve. 93+pts.
An incredible nose of smoky black fruits and scorched earth with a hint of eucalyptus. A bit firm on the palate but still silky and deep with the wonderful smoky notes continuing along with delicious flavors of aged black fruits, decaying earth, smoked meats and forest floor. Finishes crisp with hints of char and eucalyptus. A fine example of great aged Hermitage and I would've rated it higher if the finish was more complex and less high-pitched.
A lovely bouquet of florals and summer berries. Delicious, pretty and matured. Secondary notes of earthy truffles, cigar box and undergrowth. An exquisite grand old dame of a wine. Not sure why I didn't enjoy it before but after so many years this is a reall comfort wine.
Rich, aromatic, savory and autumnal nose of tilled earth, game, coffee beans, leather, and faint hint of brett (urine/public bathroom style, somewhat similar to some Norman cidre and some old bottles of Levet). Totally resolved and integrated but still firm and powerful. Everything in the right place, really pleasurable and long. Deeply impressive.
Quite a pale ruby with a brick rim; quote a delicate nose at age 31, warm terracotta, spice, autumn leaves. Mellow red fruits, really very charming; silky, delicious. Good intensity still on the palate. Full - opens out beautifully. Strong finish. Really impressive. Long.
Signs of early seepage. 3.5-4 cm. Garnet with no bricking. Pronounced mushroom with iron, black pepper and kiln dried wood. Red fruit begins to emerge with some time in the bowl. Med (+) acid with integrated tannin. Mushroom and hints of coffee on the palate. It seems to explore all that this wine has to offer, time in the glass is necessary. The secondary notes are predominant so it takes a little coaxing to get to the bright red fruit core. A very enjoyable showing for this mature wine. I will continue to hold my additional bottles.
Birthday dinner at Infuzi. Second bottle from the same source within a month. The first bottle was significantly better. The nose was impressive with minerals, blackberries and plums, but somehow turned medicinal and herbaceous rather quickly, and also lacking the opulence and intensity of the first bottle I had. Decent structure on the palate, but again the wine seemed to fade rather quickly, drying out with tea, tobacco leaf and old wood. The bottle variation here was very significant.
Lunch at Les Amis. Drank alongside the 83 La Chapelle. Dark red, very youthful and primary, no bricking. This had an amazingly gorgeous nose, full of minerals, blackberries, blueberries, flowers, grilled fatty meat, full of intensity and richness, but laced with an underlying elegance. On the nose alone, this would have in perfectly good company with some of the top Burgundies. Palate had good vibrant and plush fruits - wild strawberries, blueberries, with smoked meat, beef, leather, earth and truffle. It was really difficult to stop nosing this beauty - rich, ripe, plush, elegant. Brilliant wine.
Northern Rhone Night (Boca, Bukit Pasoh, Singapore): Much better than the last (very reductive) bottle I had some 5 years back. This was very good indeed, perhaps just a small step or two behind the superb bottle of 1988 that shared its flight. The nose had a meatier, earthier, more masculine character than the younger wine, with a nice earthy, minerally streak underpinning notes of black and blue fruit, then stone and spice and herb, and a real whiff of meatiness at the edges. Very nice, in a dark masculine way. The palate took a bit of time to come around, making me suspect that the last bottle that I had suffered from being rushed through. Given some time and air, this wine was a lovely melange of spice and earth and stony mineral melded together with yummy flavours of of blue and blackberries in the mouth. Beautifully integrated, perfectly balanced, this was wonderful. It finished great too, with a little linger of earth and coffee grounds drifting away into the distance. Like the 1988, this was drinking really well. I would say that it was quite at peak, but given the balance and the substance to the wine, I can imagine it staying at this high plateau for many years to come.
Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately 2 hours. In the glass, garnet in colour, with a very slight brick. On the nose, blackberry, spent coffee grinds, damp earth, olive brine, leather, campfire and a touch of creosote. On the palate, good concentration, with deep black fruit, pepper, olive brine, smoke and coffee. Acidity is as expected; brisk and fresh; tannins, almost fully resolved, but grip ever so slightly on the moderate length finish. Served next the the '88, this seemed a touch lighter on its feet. Fully mature; drink now.
Year 3 - Super Tasting 1 of 5 - Dave does Birth Year Wines: I think I may have liked this even better than the rest of the group. It pours a lovely translucent ruby with medium plus bricking. Just a gorgeous and classic intense nose of green olive, creosote, blackberry, dark roast coffee, sweet wet soil, dark cherry, corned beef and hair spray. The palate is sweet and round, still very much alive showing abundant dark cherry and smoke the the medium plus finish. Fantastic!
laborde was in town so brought this and a '90 barolo to dinner, this was really nice on the nose with florals and sandalwood/spice perfume, palate had good concentration and good acid but in fact was a little bit angular which i think masked the red fruit the wine exhibited, felt like a wine with lots of oomph but the angularity kept it from being great… the usual debate -- would it have been better in ten years or was it on the downslide
Northern Rhone wimps — Napoléon Coste (La Trompette, London): Nicely savoury and relaxed. Mellow, beef, blood. Smooth, maturing but vital. Ageing on it's acidity and plenty left in the tank. Fresh, long, mellow, cosseting and savoury. So much better than a really tight and surly bottle of this five months ago. ****1/2
Drunk at On Dining in Hong Kong - this showed much promise on the nose but disappointed a touch on the finish, where it was a little metallic. It did come round a little towards the end and also with food but by then I didn't have enough left to properly assess. I note that in previous notes writers have mentioned it should have been decanted. I agree.
Drinking very well right now! The nose of this has all kinds of smoky, bonfire action going on. A bit of burnt rubber, smoked meat. Shows the wild side of Hermitage. The palate has ample dark fruit, some olives, and more game meat. Tannins are in check and well integrated - in large part resolved at this stage. Perhaps a bit less impact than certain other vintages of this wine. But I really like this a lot.
Good fill and a sound cork. Fully mature, smoky with hints of barbeque sauce and smoke on nose. The palate showed a decent amount of fruit, some cooked raspberry most notably. The palate was suave and really needed no food to make it enjoyable. Stay away from strong spices and cayenne with this wine as to enjoy it's delicacy. There was a bit of dark chocolate, chocolate powder here. That was even more evident when I had a piece of quality dark chocolate later in the evening.
Bottle with the weakest fill out of six (perhaps 4 cm). Despite the mediocre fill, fresh tasting and perhaps needs another 5 years or so until maturity. Pronounced Rhone notes of cherry yield to more mature flavors with a bit of decanting time. Tannins still pronounced but ample fruit to match them. Enjoyable but should be better still in time. Right now inferior to the '85 Beaucastel tasted a week earlier.
Wraysbury Dinner (Home): Served a little too cool initially, and though it was opened six hours in advance I should really have decanted it an hour or so ahead of serving. Still quite dense and dark-fruited. Velvety texture, quite plush. Served blind it was mistaken for a right bank claret ten years younger. It does show a good core of sweet fruit and an iron and blood edge, though this minerality takes a while to open out and show. Lovely. ****
A Double Birth Year Celebration (San Diego): Not decanted. Clear medium garnet red. Fabulous bouquet of mixed red fruit, smoke, bacon fat, tapenade, stony soil. Fresh and bright, superb definition and structure. Power without weight. My #2 and group's SECOND PLACE in this flight.
The softer and suppler of the two vintages of La Chapelle and true to its year. Suppler and round and at this point fully mature. Rare meat, tapenade, with a cool green herbal side. Giving and deep on the palate, rich and with power with a simultaneous roundness. If the 89 hits you like a 20 foot wall of water, the 85 is like a storm surge that just builds. Full and rich and I very much like this wine. Very savory and meaty with a core of darker fruit. This objectively is probably the 3rd best wine of the flight for me, but drinking most at peak, and just seems to be hitting everything just right. 94 pts.
Stored in cold cellar since release. Perfect cork fill level neck. Excellent condition - stil brick red. Drink soon. Lovely complex flavour superb balance. Capitivating but only medium bodied. Is the manliest of wines no longer made?
This was a fantastic bottle...very young looking almost no bricking with dark ruby color. The nose evolved over 2-3 hours after decanting. At first there was a strong cigar tobacco scent on the nose but later you got herbs like time and mint and a yeasty bread dough aroma. Just wonderful depth. Mouthfeel was rich and hearty but smooth and not overpowering by any means. Flavors evolved from burnt orange and tobacco to the herbs and then a sweet prune and black cherry. Different than my last 2 notes in several respects and for sure the best bottle I've had from this vintage. Great with a steak or a braised red meat.
Cork in great shape. On open the nose was focused on game and smoke. Let it sit uncorked for an hour then decanted. Clear ruby color, nose added some pepper and spice. On the palate good dark fruit flavors, not a lot of earth or depth. Finish medium long and clean. Paired quite well with rack of lamb. Saved a taste for Day 2, but it was done. Drink 'em if you've got 'em.
Perfectly clear color with an incredibly expressive nose of roasted game meats, black spices, animal fur and smoky minerals. On the palate the wine is still not fully mature but is showing a lovely soft texture with good acids and delicious flavors of roasted meats, forest floor and minerals. Lighter-bodied and elegant, it builds to a finish that is beautifully complex with great spice and cigar box notes. Yum but will gain further complexity over the next several years. 94+
This really took some time to express itself. A lovely, mature hermitage, and quite a delicate style. Medium body at best, perfect luncheon wine. Amazing length, will hold for a while yet, but plenty of joy right now. Had along side '75 Grange and more than held its own.
color is medium brick red, nose is virtually nil, maybe a little funk and/or oak, palate is nice with bitter (more than sweet) cherries, beef blood and a bit salty... also a hint of smoke and cough syrup... the fruit is in the second seat and it could just be this bottle but i feel this would have been better five years ago, drink up if you have 'em
Browning/lightening on rim, classy fruit driven nose complex for Hermitage, lovely weight and balance, refined, nothing overdone, mature but with lots more life. Very fine (18.5/20), as previously seen a step up from 82 and 83, on a par with 88, if quite different, but behind splendid 89 and 90.
Mature but by no means done, this was lovely, similar to the last bottle. Notable was a nose and flavor profile of smoked Gouda along with cedar, tobacco and sour cherry. Nice length with rich mouthfeel that is best described as elegant and satisfying.
Muture, medium bodied (for Hermitage) and in need of 3-4 hours of breathing even after double decanting. It seemed tired and old initially on the nose and the palate. After a few hours it blossomed and recovered its dark fruit and expansive nose of leather, bacon and herbs. Tasted along side a 1990 and 2000 La Chapelle and it held its own. The 1990 is clearly a richer denser and more long-lived wine in the end. The 2000 was nice but not better than the 1985 in my view. nice soft finish but not an exceptionally long one. Great with lamb.
As others have commented, there is significant bottle variation with this wine (as one might expect anyway with an old wine). This was a great bottle, with a gamey nose, with notes of smoke, spice and leather, which faded after some time in the glass. The palete held up well however, recalling a great Burgundy; sweet but with a hint of astringency but this bottle had greater persistence than my last and the acidity was balanced with fruit, suggesting this has more time left than I had thought. I don't think decanting a wine this old will do it any favours however, the wine was at its liveliest soon after the cork was pulled.
WHen I opened the bottle the wine was delivering nice notes of prunes, leather, dried herbs, pepery notes, black ripe fruit. But at the same time we could feel nice top tones of dried flowers and sweet spices, black olive. Nice complexity. In the mouth it wasn't powerfull. Elegant, rounded and polished now by the years but still fresh with good intensity and concentration. Genial tannin quality. The wine faded away quite rapidly. My bottle was is perfect condition.
after a slightly disappointing performance last time, this particular bottle was fantastic, wld be WOTN on virtually any other night but was bested this time by incredible Soldera Brunello '00 and Heitz Martha's '78, this wine had beautiful red fruits on the palate, nice acidity, lively and young other than the secondary character it showed -- specifically nice minerals and something else hard to identify... no notes on the nose as we were having cigars, at the Grove
There seems to be a lot of bottle variation with this wine. This bottle is very much like the one tasted by Jancis Robinson in 2006. Closely resembles a gentle, mellow if lively old Burgundy with a lovely sweetness, nice tannic grip and some raspberry fruit; vestiges of black pepper, red meat and minerals reveal its grape variety and provenance. Lovely wine, drink now.
Smelt of prunes on opening three hours before drinking. Decanter. Initially oddly flat with vanilla note but deepened and lengthened over time. No contemporary tasting note but recall mellow, mature, sweet tobacco note
rating may be generous, this bottle was very disappointing relative to the last one i had... this had lost it's fruit, acid was still there, bottle hadn't gone off, just didn't have anything there to enjoy... hoping it was a bottle issue as i have two more
Fantastic stuff. Incredibly complex and layered, seamlessly combining waves of red fruits, sauvage meaty and leathery flavours and other savoury tarry, smoky and earthy elements into a fragrant, polished whole. There's great balance and depth here, a sense of elegance and refinement to the texture and good persistence - just a superb wine to sit down with and enjoy with food.
Mature colour, some bricking at the egde. Gamey, rich nose of spice, liquorice and tobacco, remarkable for a wine of this age. Rich palete, still some residual acidity, but beginning to dry out and the finish does not have the length one would hope for in such a wine. No great hurry, but should be drunk in the next couple of years. Not as good for me as some of the tasting notes by others, but I bought this at auction in the early 1990s and maybe it had not been stored as well as it should have been.
Drinking perfectly today, this mature Jaboulet La Chapelle is packed with earthy, barnyard, peppery, black raspberry, forest, tobacco and mineral scents. Elegant in style, you can enjoy this today, or for at least another 10-15 or more years.
The nose started off with leather, cinnamon, applesauce and dried cranberry and prune. The perfume of the nose continued to develop into more floral notes as the wine opened up. Really haunting perfume that just kept giving. The palate was a nice balance or primary fruit and tertiary notes. Drinking amazingly well now. No need to wait.
Bottle, fill and cork all good. This wine was very interesting immediately after opening. Notes of licorice, smoke, garrigue and leather were present with a firm backbone. I chose to decant this and perhaps I should not have done so. Decanting and an hour or two of air changed the wine - it was softer, yet still lovely. It lost a little of the Northern Rhone drive with time, but never faded. Overall, it is a superb wine and I would gladly drink it again, but perhaps just let it air out a bit in the bottle.
An absolutely spectacular bottle. Not a bit of bricking. The wine developed wonderfully in the glass through dinner. Great earthiness, deep red fruit flavors. Best paired with herb-crusted rack of lamb, not bad with a NY strip but the cab sauce threw it off a bit.
Dinner at Tilia -- the new, old Heidi's: I thought this was a really beauty, but for some reason didn't take many notes. The nose started a bit funky, but eventually gave mature aromas of red fruit, dried herbs and much more. Equally great on the palate with a great blending of elegance and muscle. Perfect balance with fully resolved tannins. Great long finish. To me this showed as well as I would have hoped, and reaffirms my passion for La Chapelle. I only wish I had a few more.
Tasting Group Dinner - Burgs & Northern Rhones (Tilia, Minneapolis): Complex, leathery, earthy nose. Mature, harmonious flavors of red fruit, meat, flowers, baking spice, minerals, and earth/leather/animal fur. Long and elegant, with a lacy, suave, silky texture. Terrific stuff. A lovely La Chapelle that is at the peak of its drinking window, and evocative of the terrific 1980 (see previous TN).
One of the most profoundly great wines I've ever had. Brownish tinge. Nose starting up with a mix of cassis galore and a terrible funk of ashtray. Cleaning itself up as the evening went by. In the mouth a superior concentration with balance that really makes you weep and a mouthwatering taste of otherworldly class. The concentration of the fruit is amazing. It is perfectly mature with melted tannins and ... all the best good things of a mature classic syrah with a painfully stylish attack-midpalate-finish and length of maybe 60 seconds. I've always loved the great La Chapelle wines. Should have been properly decanted. (Winetasting dinner w Mikael, Johan, Mats, Jonathan n wives; my Swe place)
I opened this over dinner at a restaurant with a friend, so didn't keep detailed tasting notes. It was a magnificent bottle, in excellent condition. If you can get your hands on a bottle in good condition, grab it! One of the best wines I've had in a long time. If you have any in the cellar, I'd be drinking them now.
This notes the same bottle as Tooch. I spent some more time with this one after guests departed, and it surprisingly continued to evolve, with the meatiness subsiding and the piney garrigue being joined by a soy element before the tar on the finish.
Dinner at Ian's (Ian's House): A truly great bottle of La Chapelle. Exhibited classic mature Northern Rhone syrah meat, earth, and dark fruit flavors. While the meatiness and was dense and in-your-face, this still had really elegant dark fruit at its core. The palate was remarkably elegant and this was my clear WOTN. I've had mixed results with bottle variation with older La Chappelle's, so it was so great to come across this bottle...seemed to me to be drinking at its zenith. Thanks Ian for opening this!
Been so long since I've had a top-notch La Chapelle and this one definitely qualified. No-doubter aromatics of the usual mature Northern Rhone meatiness and tarriness, the latter so evocative that it actually seemed a fairly natural segue from the very tarry Italian duo. Unlike a few other vintages recently where the palate seemed hollow, here it had the density and grip to match the aromatics.
While the wife's away, the boys will play. Nice wines at Keith's. (Keith's): A nice showing for this wine tonight. Like La Chapelle almost always does, it shows an enticing and elegant nose of sweet red fruits, spice with hints of bacon. Yet this time, the palate lives up to the promise on the nose. There's nice ripeness to the strawberry and cherry fruit, but it's not at all candied and the wine stays light on its feet thanks to the juicy acidity. Nice smokey bacon character with a touch of garrigue on the back end. The tannins have softened and the wine's seemingly on the last stages of peak, or perhaps a little past, so I'd drink sooner rather than later. A-/B+.
Dark crimson with tawny out towards the rim. Decanted to remove sediment. A certain viscosity. The nose fairly muted but notes of black olives and blackberries were to the fore. Initially on the palate, the inetnsity of flavour was moderate but mouthfiolling. The tannins were soft and sweet, plenty of acidity almost bordering on slight tartness. After half an our in the decanter, the wine took on another dimention. The flavour intensity was truly pronounced, black olives, undergrowth, blacberries, ripe blck fruits, acidity moderated so as not to stick out. Perfect balance and harmony and a great freshness to this wine. Lastly, a floral note emerged. A long olive and fruit driven finish of more than 60 seconds. Quite an exceptional wine.
Lunch @ Hawksmor-Dark brooding color, nose had a touch of leather and bacon over a still clear dark red and black fruit smell. wine was still developing, and on the way hope. full big and long in the mouth, well balanced. nice mix of earthy, fruit and depth. first bottle of lunch finished
Lunch at Hawksmoor with Diana and Peter. This took a while to open up, at first a lot of burnt toffee overriding the red fruit, but as it sat in the decanter it got fatter and the fruit showed better with notes of licorice and leather. Nice structure to to this wine, still a tannic backbone and a long aftertaste. This will keep for a long time yet.
WGS: Paul Jaboulet La Chapelle (St Regis): Durian smellyness, assiness, farty like preserved century eggs intermixed with brambles. Classic palate, rootyness and country dirt track. A hint of green herbs, tea leaves. Backward wiuth a bit of alc showing but well controlled. Lingering finish with aged honey notes.
Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle Vertical - 2007, '05, '04, 1997, '91, '88, '85, '82, 1976 (St Regis, Singapore): Good, but a clear step down after the trio of 1997, 1991 and 1988 on the last flight. This too was a bit reductive on the nose, with whiffs of smelly egg that took a bit of time to blow away. After that, it showed wet, earthy sous bois notes, some bacon meat, plenty of mineral, some stalky bramble and plenty of smoky notes. Palate was pleasant enough - nice red fruit expression, with cherries mingling with darker blackcurrant notes, some Rooibos tea, and a bit of stalky herbal touches on the mid-palate, all still wrapped in fine but rather firm tannins. Finish was just a bit short on energy I thought, closing down slightly before lingering in the mouth with smoked bacon notes, some orange peel, another touch of tea (more Oolong this time!) and lots more smoky cigar notes. A nice wine. Not exactly mindblowing, but certainly enjoyable.
Minimal bricking on the color and no browning. Quite clear, with no significant sediment in the glass after a careful pour. Remarkably fruity nose with strong hints of red meat. This persisted for over and hour. The first and strongest note on the palate is bacon fat. This is followed by blood/iron taste of rare red beef and red berries. Also white pepper. I was surprised how firm the tannins were. Drink.
Terkel BYO: Nose: bonfire, cabbage and rotten fruit. Palate: Fresh red currant with loads of solid acidity. Bonfire and smokeyness in the mid-palate. Excellent acidity in the aftertaste. Impressive wine!
Birthday dinner (My place): Medium red color with a browning hue. Exciting nose with intense notes of red berries, bacon, smoke and air dried meats, charcuterie, dried flowers and iron. On the palate is has a similar intensity and showing, but the overall impression is left by the amazing refined and elegance that this wines posses. With pure and clean notes of red berries, redcurrant and cherries, and an intense backing of dried meats, sausages, bacon and charcuterie that grow over the midpalate onto the finish where it is joined by iron notes. It gives a feeling of country-side and rusticity, but with a flowery lightness and a lively acidity that makes it feel weightless in the mouth. Great stuff.
Attractive wine while you first sip, after few moments settled in the glass, I found the wine a bit rustic, after all these years, the wine still very much young and alive, the tannins is noticable, some dates and charcoal over the nose, quite thick on the palate, rather chewy! Overall, in my opinion a rustic wine, not delicate enough like those La-La-La!!!!! A good 10 to 15 years to go in a cold cellar.
Ray & Yolanda (Home): Fuller, deeper colour than the Chave alongside. Sediment in the first glass despite having been stood upright for two months. Richer nose, more dark fruited and iron-rich, evolving in to a beef tea meaty intensity. Lush ripe fruit and a velvety texture on the attack balanced by good acidity following through to the long finish. A fascinating contrast to the Chave, both showing their house styles well, and on the night the Jaboulet wins for me. Again, excellent with grouse, red cabbage, game chips and bread sauce. Top ****1/2
Dark color with little bricking. Bold dark fruits, more than I usually get from La Chapelle - raspberry jam, spice, gamey notes. Volatile, and teetering on the edge of the mature/old boarder. Somewhat austere, and uplifting but slightly funky acidity to the finish. Medium body, but clean in its approach. Enjoyable.
Surprisingly sweet on the nose. My friend said rountree fruit gums. I also kept getting a whif of grilled asparagus. On the palate cherry sweetness with some nice resinous cocoa notes and a touch of smoke in the finish. Nicely textured wine. I think its still drinking nicely (though I like things a little over the hill).
1985 Dinner (Chez Bruce London): Drunk at 1985 Dinner,Chez Bruce, London garnet color, lightening around rim,...on the nose this had a sweet coffee aroma...in the mouth it felt a bit dry, gave some casis and red fruits, finish was medium. this wine was one of the more developed of the 1985 we had,
Older Rhone Dinner (Custom House): Very disappointing showing for this wine of which I've had many better examples. Full black/red color. Forward clammy aroma of black fruit. Full red tannic acidic fruit with an odd note. Not obviously flawed, but somehow off.
Lots of grilled meat and blood at first...not a lot of fruit. As it opened it softened some, but still not a ton of fruit. Great match for a nice piece of venison, though. Cocoa, coffee notes. Nice aged Rhone wine, but lacking the fruit of the best vintages.
Spactacular syrah. Medium bodied brick red wine (slight garnet). Rich full aroma of cherry and currant. Tons of fruit on a perfectly integrated frame and soft tannin. Drinking perfectly, likely at its peak. 10/00 Still tasting great 1/04. I've always loved the underrated (and reasonably priced) 85, but this particular bottle didn't show as well as others I've had. Fill level was a bit lower than most of my other bottles, so who knows... Full red color. Medium round red fruit aroma. Nice round red fruit on the palate with a hint of spice. Jim noted a sweet creaminess in the palate that he didn't think fit well. Lacked the grip and complexity of other examples I've had, but still pleasurable enough. 91 pts. 9/05 Older Rhones - Group #5, My #3 - Full crimson ruby with signs of loightening. Full aroma of black fruit and coffee with a green pepper note. Lovely rich black coffee fruit with a long finish and nice balance. 94 pts. 3/06
this was fantastic- nose of raspberries, menthol, asian spice, and a hint of bacon. The palate is youthful, still tannic- sweet tannins though- long and balanced with dusty raspberries and bacon. seemed a lot younger than its 20 years.
One of our Thanksgiving dinner wines, tasted blind. Medium red to light brick at edge. Youthful aromas and taste. Cherries, high alcohol? but with soft tannins and acid in balance. I would never have guessed this was a 20 year old wine. Excellent.
Gagnieres w/Dominique and Phillip; Glasses did not bring out nose, but rich, lightly purfumey and slight prune notes. Smooth and mellow in mouth. Very nice, but discreet. With a cote de veaux roasted in juice and veggies. Change from other night when I had this in Vienne.
Deep blood red colour, slight signs of paling at the edges. Dense rich nose though elegant and almost restrained / understated. Rich on the palatte with generous acidity and some residual tannin. Rounds out in the glass. Long and elegant. Save other bottle for a few years. Very classy without one being able to identify any particular characteristics. Complete.
Lively ruby colour, extraordinarily smooth and elegant, almost velvety, reminded me of the better left bank bordeaux of the same vintage, tannins there to provide the structure but at all astringent, lots of red fruits, very very long on the palate. A long distance runner.
With David, Ken and Eve after the regional Beaucastel tasting. Ruby, deepish, no hints of brown. spicy raspberry nose with smoke and pepper. Lovely balance, good length - smooth tannins - medium full body. Peppery raspberry fruit on palate. Sweet entry and some complex leathery components.