Introducing the 2016 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle, a remarkable Syrah from the renowned Rhone region of France. This wine exudes elegance and complexity, showcasing the true essence of the Northern Rhone terroir. With its deep red color, this wine is a visual delight, captivating the eye with its richness and intensity.
Upon the first sip, one is immediately transported to the granitic western portion of the Hermitage appellation. The mouthwatering aromas of black olives and charred beef tantalize the senses, creating a sensory experience like no other. The 2016 Hermitage La Chapelle boasts a full-bodied and creamy-velvety texture that is both luxurious and captivating. Surprisingly, despite its fullness, this wine remains elegantly savory, with subtle notes of leather and spice that dance on the palate.
Renowned wine critic Joe Czerwinski of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate describes this wine as "incredibly lush without being overtly fruity." He praises its long and silky finish, attributing its deliciousness to the granite backbone that ensures its aging potential until 2040. This wine is not to be rushed; it demands patience and appreciation for its evolving complexities.
James Suckling, another esteemed critic, awards the 2016 Hermitage La Chapelle an impressive score of 97. He describes the profound nose of dark cherries, blackberries, black olives, earth, and dried herbs, complemented by hints of grilled meat, leather, and baking spices. The wine's ample and voluptuous body is supported by fine, firm tannins, creating a harmonious and focused flavor profile.
Jeb Dunnuck, also a respected critic, agrees with the sentiment, awarding this wine a score of 97. He praises its textbook notes of mulled dark fruits, currants, peppery herbs, smoked meat, licorice, and soy. Dunnuck predicts that this wine will continue to evolve and shine for 30 years or more, making it a worthy addition to any cellar.
In conclusion, the 2016 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle is a wine of extraordinary character and finesse. Its ability to balance power and elegance is truly remarkable. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for further development, this wine promises an unforgettable experience for all who have the pleasure of indulging in its splendor.