2012 Paul Jaboulet-Aine Hermitage La Chapelle, Hermitage (750ml)

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2012 Paul Jaboulet-Aine Hermitage La Chapelle
Country: France
Region: Rhône
Sub-Region: Hermitage
Grape Varietal: Syrah
Review Score: 97WA, 95V

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The first year where winemaker Caroline Frey really feels her organic farming drive paid off, the 2012 Hermitage la Chapelle is a gorgeous effort that shows the purity and texture of the vintage, as well as the class of the le Meal lieu-dit. Offering up classic black raspberry and sweet dark fruit, Asian spice, toasted bread, licorice and savory herbs, this beauty is full-bodied, beautifully concentrated and has enough tannic grip to demand 4-5 years of bottle age. It will have 3+ decades of longevity.

97 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Sep 2015)

Saturated ruby. Seductively perfumed bouquet displays suave black and blue fruit liqueur, potpourri and incense aromas underscored by a smoky mineral quality. Gains power and spiciness with air, picking up a sexy floral pastille quality that builds in the glass. Sweet, palate-coating blueberry and cherry-cola flavors are superbly concentrated yet lively thanks to juicy acidity and a zesty peppery nuance. Strikingly vibrant, linear and long on the finish, with the mineral and floral notes emphatically repeating.

95 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Feb 2015)