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Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2009 750ml
Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2009 750ml
Price: $349.00

Deriving primarily from Le Meal and Les Bessards vineyards, with a touch of Les Roucoules fruit, this dark, inky, almost opaque ‘09 Hermitage oozes across the palate with notes of brambly dark fruit, au jus, exotic spices, smoke, umami and pencil lead. Silky, viscous, rich and opulent in the mouth, this La Chapelle nonetheless has outstanding structure, freshness and balance--simply put, it’s an exquisite Hermitage and it shows that winemaker-owner Caroline Frey is at the top of her game. The 2009 vintage clearly makes evident that Jaboulet is back on track with some dramatic changes; selections are stringent and yields have been significantly reduced from their typical 8,000-10,000 case production to a mere 2,000 in 2009. The results are more concentration, purer fruit and more structure--in fact, this may be the greatest La Chapelle since 1978. more info
M. Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2006 1.5L
M. Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2006 1.5L
Price: $569.99

Upon release, the ’06 Ermitage L’Ermite garnered praise for its racy, chiseled profile that married intensity with focus. Now with more than a decade of age, this wine is softening its edges, layering its succulent, dense black and blue fruits with smoky minerals, gamy meats, crushed violets, pencil lead, and peppery spices. Aromatic and earthy, this wine crackles on the palate with energy, latching onto the palate with a fiercely tannic grip, and unfolding layers of mineral-laden notes. Poised on the edge of its drinking window, this powerhouse of a Syrah will drink for decades. Deriving from 80-year-old Syrah vines grown in granite-laden soils, the grapes ferment in temperature-controlled concrete tanks for about a month, and the wine ages for 18 to 20 months in barriques, one-third new. more info
M. Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2015 750ml
M. Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2015 750ml
Price: $685.00

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Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2009 1.5L
Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2009 1.5L
Price: $725.00

This dark, inky, almost opaque ‘09 Hermitage La Chapelle oozes across the palate with notes of brambly dark fruit, au jus, exotic spices, smoke, umami and pencil lead. Silky, viscous, rich and opulent in the mouth, this La Chapelle nonetheless has outstanding structure, freshness and balance--simply put, it’s an exquisite Hermitage and it shows that winemaker-owner Caroline Frey is at the top of her game. Deriving primarily from Le Meal and Les Bessards vineyards, with a touch of Les Roucoules fruit, the 2009 vintage clearly makes evident that Jaboulet is back on track with some dramatic changes; selections are stringent and yields have been significantly reduced from their typical 8,000-10,000 case production to a mere 2,000 in 2009. The results are more concentration, purer fruit and more structure--in fact, this may be the greatest La Chapelle since 1978. more info
Dugat-Py Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru 2013 750ml
Dugat-Py Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru 2013 750ml
Price: $891.10

Muscular and velvety, Dugat-Py’s ’13 Mazis-Chambertin is a triumph, pouncing on the attack, slinking across the palate, and sneakily building to a lingering, complex finish. Brambly berries and crisp red fruits meld seamlessly with sun-warmed earth, cool river rocks, black licorice and dried rose petals in this densely coiled yet seductive wine. Tannins are chewy, acidity is bright, minerals are elegant, and the wine’s balance is astonishing. Cellar for a few years before true approachability, then drink for decades. Deriving from the domaine’s tiny Mazis-Chambertin parcel of 70-year-old vines grown in clay and limestone soils, the grapes ferment with whole clusters, and the wine ages in barrique. more info