8th of 12. A more mature bottle, classic with rounded earthy fruit, spice and leather. Complex. Nicely balanced and good length. Drunk with baked pork with pesto, which was okay but would have been better with a younger fruitier wine. A better match would be something like a slow cooked lamb shank. 4+/5
Decanted for ~45 minutes while finishing up dinner prep. First taste was silky smooth with an underlying red cherry to it, sublime. Enjoyed with a fine meal at home over an 90 minutes or so and each sip provided something a bit different. A very enjoyable bottle and this one was holding up quite well with plenty of verve.
MAWYBE (reluctantly): So, this is now quite old beyond the recommended drinking time, which is yesterday (2015); so, I thought I had better crack it. On first opening seemed ok...as in "just ok". Not a lot of 2nd-ary stuff; an obvious N. Rhone, bit little saddle sweat etc... Colour is a fine garnet with some brown at the edges; but otherwise well looking. Decanted 30 mins before dinner. Seemed a bit flat, fruit leaching out of it. Did not get any better with time. Drink up, now.
This is lovely bottle of Hermitage, perhaps less virile than some La Chapelle but none the worse for that. The aromas on the nose and flavours on the palate were quite similar to those of a Crozes Guiraude 01 from Graillot of a few days ago which I described as cherry, meat and pepper tinged on a velvety texture but this wine was fuller bodied showing more depth, complexity and length together with extraordinary charm. In the 90s, quality control of Jaboulet's bottlings was somewhat wayward but I have hit the jackpot with this bottle from an under-hyped vintage. Really excellent and a candidate for my best bottle of the year.
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