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Community Tasting Notes (308) Avg Score: 91.4 points

  • Nothing left in this particular bottle, rather disappointing. Not technically off in any way, just too old. Did not really open up or show anything over 2-3 hours in the glass. 2 bottles recently acquired as part of a much larger cellar contents purchase, high hopes remain for the other bottle.

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  • I’ve loved drinking through this case, a 30th birthday present from my wife. This might be the best bottle yet at absolute peak maturity. The color is still a dark ruby. The nose is a wonderful mix of mature fruit, meat and forest brush. The palate is sumptuous - velvety, rugged and long. There is great typicty and earthy complexity. Drink soon. A winner. (95)

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  • A touch oxidized. Even if not oxidized, I was not a fan of this style and may have scored 91 points.

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  • Mid-late maturity. Chocolatey, very vegemite, classic Hermitage hung game, leather, blackberry , amd undergrowth. Certainly soft and easy-drinking. This wine has morphed into so,eyeing quite special, in the context of lesser vintages of La Chapelle. Sawdust, a touch of tawny port character. Really gorgeous fruit sweetness. Superb, mature tannic structure is still in evidence. Exceptional cork. Really complex amd complete.

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  • Northern Rhone Night (Song Ling Building): A pleasant wine, but perhaps the weakest of the half dozen 1997 La Chapelles I have had over the years. There was quite a pronounced forest floor funkiness on the nose at first, almost shading gym sock territory, before a deeper waft of sweet blueberries and plums, a dash of pepper, some lido rice, and a twist tobacco, all pulling together to form a fairly pleasant and coherent bouquet. There was maybe just an edge of volatile acidity in there, but this faded in and out over time. The palate felt quite a bit more advanced then the previous bottle. Soft powdery tannins and bright acidity framed a rather mouthful of black cherries and blueberries, again seasoned with plenty of licorice and smoky tobacco pulling away into a wood spiced finish. It was very charming with a little of air. Perhaps lacking a touch of weight and authority to be a top shelf La Chapelle, maybe a bit clumsy in its presentation, but certainly a pleasant drop.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 2000, IWC Issue #88, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 1999, IWC Issue #82, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/2/2012, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 92 points

    (Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle) Bricking medium dark red violet color; roasted plum, tart currant, bacon fat nose; roasted plum, bacon fat, mineral, tart black fruit palate; medium-plus finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    7/4/2007, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 92 points

    (Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle) Medium dark red color; tart plum and roasted fruit nose; tart red fruit, plum, iron palate with good acidity; medium finish 92+ pts.

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