Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle 1996

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Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle 1996

SKU 2360


Very dark and deep color, Cherry-red with brown amber glints after aging. It's bouquet when young is intense, complex, slightly wooded, very rich, with hints of spice and very ripe wild berries. As it ages, developed aromas of liquorice, preserved fruit, mushroom (truffle), leather and sous-bois undergrowth. When young, it's taste is exceptionally full, thanks to an impressive and superbly well rounded structure. Powerful, generous and plump, yet with great delicacy. After ageing, expect rich and rounded, yet still powerful and full of character.
Category Red Wine
Region France, Rhone, Hermitage
Brand Paul Jaboulet Aine
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Wine AdvocateThe 1996 Hermitage La Chapelle is immensely impressive. The acidity is high. The color is black/purple, and the wine is extremely concentrated, but unevolved and impossible to penetrate. It could turn out like the 1983 and never develop as well as its early promise suggests. Nevertheless, it is a massive effort with extraordinary concentration, but the high acidity requires a minimum of 10 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025

Robert Parker, June 2000
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International Wine CellarSaturated ruby-red. Brooding aromas of cassis, spice and woodsmoke, along with port-like notes of chocolate and damp earth. Thick, silky and a bit roasted in the mouth, with chocolate and game flavors. Still in a rather oxidative phase, as this wine often is in the year or two following the bottling. But has the acidity and strong tannic structure for a long, slow evolution in the bottle. Very long, chewy finish.

Stephen Tanzer, January 1999