Paul Jaboulet Aine, Hermitage, La Chapelle 1978

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100 points James Suckling

Today the wine shows an almost smokey character on the nose with so many dried plums, pepper and meat. The palate, meanwhile, is incredibly supple with round and velvety tannins and wondrous, sexy fruit. (3/2015)

100 points Wine Advocate

As heavenly and profound as it gets, the still youthful-colored 1978 Hermitage la Chapelle exhibits an insane bouquet of sweet cassis, truffle, smoked meats and licorice. Full-bodied, multidimensional, decadent and massive on the palate, with a stacked mid-palate and still present, sweet tannin, it tastes like a mix of the more fruit-loaded '90 and the more evolved, smoky and soy-laced '61. You could easily run out of adjectives describing this beauty, but it's a perfect wine any way you look at it. I see no reason to hold off, and it's drinking perfectly for my palate today, but it certainly won't fall off a cliff anytime soon. (JD)(9/2015)

99 points Wine Spectator

A famous vintage for Hermitage. Greatness in a glass of wine. A deeply colored, thick yet elegant blockbuster, this 21-year-old red shows no sign of getting old. Instead, it has reached that seamless level of balance--ripe fruit, clean acidity, smooth tannins. So sit back for a vinous ride through exciting mineral, plum, blackberry, cassis, horse stable and roasted nut loops. (PM)(12/1999)



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