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1998 Hermitage Paul Jaboulet Ainé La Chapelle (750ml)
Producer: Paul Jaboulet Ainé jaboulet.com
Appellation: Hermitage - Vallée du Rhône - France (AOC)
Type: red
Varietal: Syrah
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$120.00
Tasting Notes:
rated: December 15, 2000 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
96 points "What a great wine. Full-bodied, with crushed berry, smoke and grilled aromas, all presented quite subtly. Stands out for its natural, down-to-earth taste of clean, pure, shining fruit. A pleasure to drink. Tempting now. Best from 2003 through 2015. 7,765 cases made. –PM"
rated: January 31, 2001 , International Wine Cellar wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer
92 points "Red-ruby. Expressive nose combines currant, roast coffee, chicory, underbrush and smoke. Suave yet penetrating in the mouth, with complex flavors of redcurrant, iron, minerals, smoke and tobacco. Finishes with dusty tannins and excellent length, though there still some acidity to be absorbed. This is showing well now, though its slightly more advanced aromatics suggest it will not be as long-lived as the '99."
rated: February 1, 2001 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
90 points "This estate's flagship wine, Hermitage La Chapelle, merits its world-renowned reputation. The outstanding, elegant 1998 Hermitage La Chapelle's dark plum/purple color is followed by scents of new saddle leather, black currants, blackberries, and underbrush. In the mouth, the wine reveals sweet tannin, medium to full body, excellent depth, and an intriguing smokiness. " Best 2006-2030