Fine Wine Online Auction

November 26, 2015

LOT 407
HERMITAGE LA CHAPELLE 2003 (1)
HERMITAGE LA CHAPELLE 1990 (1)
HERMITAGE LA CHAPELLE 1988 (1)
  • HERMITAGE LA CHAPELLE 2003 (1)
HERMITAGE LA CHAPELLE 1990 (1)
HERMITAGE LA CHAPELLE 1988 (1)

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HERMITAGE LA CHAPELLE 2003 (1)
HERMITAGE LA CHAPELLE 1990 (1)
HERMITAGE LA CHAPELLE 1988 (1)

Paul Jaboulet Aîné

Deceptively graceful at first, with a Burgundy-like perfume, this quickly delivers a torrent of fruit--blackberry, boysenberry and black currant--that cascades over itself, pushed from behind by flavors of mocha, mineral, tar and violets. Long, sweet and pure through a densely structured finish. Best from 2008 through 2030. 4,000 cases made. 96 WA 96 WS

The 1990 Hermitage La Chapelle lived up to its reputation on this occasion, and of the three titans (1990, 1978 and 1961), it was probably my favorite. Still inky colored and ruby at the rim, it offers an absolutely profound bouquet of sweet cassis, smoked meats, chocolate, licorice and spice. This is followed by a full-bodied, insanely textured, pure and hedonistic palate that has that perfect mix of still-vibrant fruit and ample secondary nuances. I suspect the '61 was even richer at this stage, but the overall purity and freshness here are incredible. It will continue to evolve for decades, but I'd happily open bottles today. WA 100 WS 97

The hot summer with some rain in '88 made thick, full-bodied reds. This is no exception. Still young and closed, with tough and chewy tannins, with the terroir expressing a mineral, lead pencil and iron-tasting quality. Layered with Hermitage character. Connoisseurs will appreciate it now; others might cellar.--La Chapelle vertical. Best from 2005 through 2020. 8,850 cases made. 92 WA 94 WS


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PER LOT 3 BTS

Estimate: $750—850

Realised: $840
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