Ruby-red. Intense spice and floral notes lift the deep cassis, dark cherry and cured tobacco aromas. Wild, gamey and sweet, with deep flavors of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, bitter licorice root and espresso framed by strong tannins. A solidly built if rather brooding La Chapelle that will require plenty of patience. Give this a decade in the cellar, at least.
Robert Parker 88
Also blended by the new winemaker, Caroline Frey, the 2004 Hermitage la Chapelle offers plenty of spice, currants, sweet cherry, leather and a hint of mint in its medium-bodied, elegant, soft and approachable style. Drink up.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2019