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1985 Hermitage La Chapelle

Paul Jaboulet Aine

95Average Score
flagRhone / France
Red

A clear, more limpid colour compared to the early 1980’s. The nose has good intensity with notes of animal fur, liquorices, cigar box and smoke. Good definition but it takes a while to awake from its slumber. The palate is medium-bodied, superb balance and delineation with great focus. Less stalky than earlier La Chapelles, very harmonious with good grip and firm, solid structure to counterbalance the ripe leathery red-berried fruits. Real finesse, fleshy and meaty on the finish. Great length. Probably at its peak now, this is a great wine. Mar 208, www.robertparker.com, Drink: 2008-2018

Neal Martin    Score: 95/100

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