I just finished the last of a case and it was quite the Jekyll and Hyde of a wine with a whole range of experiences across the 12 bottles. Judging by the reviews, this is evident across the vintage. I have notes to write several reviews but don't really see the merit. I know that I like Jaboulet's La Chapelle at its best - game and spice in velvet textures - but as I can't be sure which La Chapelle will show up in the bottle, better to look elsewhere in future. Scores ranged from 85-94.
Liberated some more of this terrific wine from storage at Crown Cellars and drank again the other night. While I give it the same rating as in 2007, it just has a more mature, softer, voluptuous feel to it yet while maintaining the clean delineation. No signs of it starting to take a downturn, though it would be irresponsible not to drink faster than one every four years - my current run rate.
I have tasted this wine over a dozen times in the last five years. I would agree with Neil Martin (on RP site) who says this is the best of the First Growths in 97. If you were to taste it blind it's hard to see many picking it as a '97 as it has such great concentration and purity. On the palate it is superbly structured, peeling back multi-dimensional layers of flavour.