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Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle
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Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle 2015

Hermitage, Northern Rhone, Rhone Valley, FranceI’ve been lucky to taste some great bottles of Hermitage La Chapelle over my lifetime, including the 1961, 1978, 1990, 2009 and the 2010, but it is clear the 2015 will easily rank among the best some twenty years from now. This syrah comes with all the pedigree of its outstanding site on the top of the hill of Hermitage. The tannins are rich, firm and dense but with some polish, suggesting they will age gracefully, allowing collectors to open a bottle or two along the way to measure the wine's progress. It’s concentrated but with a streak of acidity/minerality/stones to keep it taut and focused. Floral black fruits, pepper, black olive, all in a spare manner. Understatement, freshness and length add up to a wine that will be worth the wait a decade or two from now. Try to find a way to put a couple of bottles down today.Tasted: 10 September 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 335.99 BCLS Producer: Domaines Paul Jaboulet AînéDistributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Grape: Shiraz/SyrahCSPC: 139657UPC: 03105710150155