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Professional Ratings: 97 Wine Spectator, 92 The Wine Advocate, 92 International Wine Cellar
Region: Hermitage, Rhone, France
Other Info: Collectible Wines, Boutique Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 62701
Very dark and deep color. Intense, complex, slightly wooded nose, very rich, with hints of spice and very ripe wild berries. Exceptionally full in the palate, thanks to an impressive and superbly well rounded structure. Powerful, generous and plump, yet with great delicacy. It tastes remarkable at every stage in its life, from 2 to 50 years.
Some lovely fruit, polished and clean, with all the attributes of a fine terroir--mineral and above all a lot of sweet, ultraripe fruit. Full-bodied, long, with plenty of toasted, smoked bacon and blackberry notes. Easier to appreciate young than many La Chapelles, but what hedonistic pleasure.
The 2001 Hermitage La Chapelle looks to be a strong effort, perhaps the finest since 1997. This is welcome news as this can be one of the world’s greatest wines. After an extremely severe selection (something that may have been lacking in previous vintages), the 2001 boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet nose of creme de cassis intermixed with licorice and earth. Full-bodied, sweet, rich, and moderately tannic, it should merit a score in the low nineties, a good sign after a succession of uninspiring efforts. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.
Saturated red-ruby color. Brooding aromas of blackcurrant, licorice, gunflint and spices. Thick, dense and brooding, with sweet cassis, pepper and tobacco flavors framed and carried by firm acidity. Comes across as very ripe and broad, but this bottle at least does not show the porty character that some past vintages have displayed at the same stage. Finishes with firm tannins, hints of licorice and dark chocolate, and serious spine.