Tasting Note : Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle 1997

Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle 1997

Controversial. That will be the best word to describe this wine. It has gone through many phases in the bottle and last time I tried it (this year) I discovered a totally changed wine. We open the bottle for a mere 24 hours before giving it a try! It filled up the room with its scents and needed that much time to untighten...Leathery, smoky, minty, herbal, aromatic, such a complex wine! Full of suprises on the palate, with a spicy tone that unveil more fruit on the back of the mouth. Big, very big, it last for a good 30 seconds! Not a typical La Chapelle, but a wine that will be enjoyable for another 15 years at least!

QC