2017 Paul Jaboulet-Aine Hermitage La Chapelle (750ml)

Syrah from Hermitage, Rhône, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Caroline Frey – managing director of Frey Family Wineries: Chateau La Lagune (where she's been winemaker for more than a decade; skyrocketing results ensuing), Jaboulet Aine & its wildly famous Hermitage La Chapelle and Thalabert (acquired in 2006), along with a substantial stake in Billecart Salmon, has vowed to maintain and further elevate Thalabert among the great wines of the northern Rhone. The 2017 releases are superb.

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Reminding me of the 2009 La Chapelle (which is a personal favorite), the brilliant 2017 Hermitage La Chapelle knocks it out of the park with its massive, opulent personality. Notes of smoked black fruits, scorched earth, burning embers, and graphite as well as subtle background meatiness flow to a monster of a Hermitage that has full-bodied richness, incredible depth of fruit, and an overwhelming, sexy style that’s already impossible to resist. Do your best to hide bottles for 4-5 years, but it’s going to evolve for 40 years or more. There are roughly 2,000 cases of this elixir, and every Syrah lover out there should have a bottle (or more) in their cellar.

99 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Dec 2019)

The 2017 Hermitage La Chapelle comes from the firm's vineyards on the western half of the Hermitage slope, primarily Le Méal, but with substantial contributions from Les Rocoules and Les Bessards. Classic notes of cassis, black olives, mocha and roasted meat are joined by hints of baking spices in a wine that's full-bodied, deep, dense and rich, with a velvety texture and a lingering finish. It's lower in alcohol than the 2018, less voluptuous and maybe just a step behind that monumental wine, but it's still a serious collectible with three decades of evolution ahead of it.

98 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Dec 2019)

The icon is in dangerously seductive form. Such pristine dark cherries, blackberries and dark plums, dark chocolate, finely crushed spices and plenty of crushed dark stones on offer. The palate is very intense, very slick and fine tannins deliver an almost playfully soft impression. The oak is super integrated. Like La Maison Bleue, this approachability is an aberration, as it has immense power, concentration and length with such regal and alluring swagger at the finish. But there is so much more to come. Try from 2024, better after 2030.

98 points, James Suckling (Dec 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
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