This beauty is pushing for a perfect score like it’s trying to get into the ivy league when, in fact, it’s already in a league of its own. Knockout aromas of crushed stone, blue fruit and violets open the show for a full-bodied palate packed with impressive fruit, bloody meat and minerality. It’s rich, velvety and mouth coating with wonderful concentration and structure that begs for more time to get in the extra-credit. Such a stunner in the making we’d offer it a scholarship in a heartbeat.
Might this be the next vintage of La Chapelle to crack triple digits? Knockout aromas of crushed stone, violets, blueberries, and cassis mark the nose of the 2019 Hermitage La Chapelle, while the full-bodied palate is undeniably more intense and powerful than the more elegant 2018. Rich and velvety, it coats the mouth with dark fruit and creamy-textured espresso, yet retains remarkable length and licorice-derived peppery freshness on the finish. Wow!