Steven Spurrier master class. Best La Chapelle I've had, after consistent disappointment with 1990. For once, no horsiness! Nice deep inky color. Fully integrated oak with really black, ripe fruit, jammy, briar nose. Dense yet light, sweet, vigorous, rich and long. Steven called it the perfect Peking duck wine, can see that. Surprisingly delicate.
The most distinguished Hermitage maker of all time ! and above chave and chapoutier in the past, producing the very great 1961 version. The greatest of them all inc the other names given above - The 2009 version represents the full resurrection of Paul jaboulet Aine since the 1990 version , They need to be very proud of this / The wine is about 10 years from being ready to start to drink over a 60 -80- year period thereafter no problem in large format ! A wine of great depth power balance fruit and of medium Acid perfect similar to the young 61 in its dense sweet ripe dark fruit , though the modern version! ,and more refined ! I have not tasted the 10 and 12 version yet but from reading notes the 09 is king of the castle with the greatest potential in years to come time will tell ,sy-b
A quick check in on a few recent P. Jaboulet/Chapelle vintages; 9/13/2015-11/5/2015: One of the the classic names of Hermitage (next to Chave and Chapoutier) which had a quality struggle for a good 15 years until it was bought up by the Frey family in 2006 (Champagne Bilcart Salmon, Chateau La Lagune). Medium Ruby, surprisingly reddish color for a young Syrah. Nose of red fruit, some spices and oak. Enters the palate medium bodied with noticeable alcoholic heat and a roasted aroma profile, nothing oxidative though, the freshness is there. Not so much aromatic intensity and a bit short and hot on the finish, although it got better with time in the glass. While the 2010 and 2012 displayed spades of dark fruit and lots of complexity this almost comes across as a Trempranillo at first - nice to drink but more? Good, but not in the quality league of the 2010 and the 2012.
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