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2003 Paul Jaboulet Aîné "La Chapelle" Hermitage

SKU #1022191 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2003 Hermitage La Chapelle is certainly the greatest vintage after the magical 1990. From a record-setting vintage (this vintage took two months to ferment dry and hit 14.1% alcohol), it has mature notes of spiced plums, creme de cassis, black olives, and spice as well as full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. With sweet tannins, beautiful mid-palate depth, and a blockbuster finish, it’s a tour de force in Hermitage to enjoy over the coming two decades. Inner quote mark (3/2019)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2003 Hermitage la Chapelle is a stunner! From a scorching-hot year that may never be repeated, this behemoth took two months to ferment dry and hit 14.1% natural alcohol. In addition, while in a big year they can produce 80,000 to 90,000 bottles (or more in the case of the 2000), they only made 50,000 bottles of the '03. Locked and loaded with notions of plums, Asian spice, olive tapenade and sweet cassis, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a massive mid-palate and layers of sweet tannin. This blockbuster is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and will drink beautifully for another 15-20 years. (JD) Inner quote mark (9/2015)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Impressive ripeness and intensity with strawberry jam and hints of raisins. But it's floral, intense, meaty and powerful. Nougat. This is full-bodied and chewy with attractive structure and purity for this very hot vintage. A little dry on the finish, but complex and intense. (JS) Inner quote mark (12/2014)


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