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Skinner AuctionsBoston MA
March 14, 2008 06:00 PMCalender

Jaboulet Aine, Hermitage La Chapelle 1990

Auction: Fine Wines - 2398Location: BostonDate / Time: March 14, 2008 6:00PM


Jaboulet Aine, Hermitage La Chapelle 1990
Rhone u. one 3cm, five 2cm, slight scuffing and label staining
"The 1990 La Chapelle is sexy and opulent. I had the 1990 at the Jaboulet tasting, and again out of a double magnum three months ago. On both occasions it was spectacular, clearly meriting a three-digit score. The modern day equivalent of the 1961, it deserves all the attention it has garnered. The color remains an opaque purple, with only a slight pink at the edge. Spectacular aromatics offer up aromas of incense, smoke, blackberry fruit, cassis, barbecue spice, coffee, and a touch of chocolate. As it sits in the glass, additional nuances of pepper and grilled steak emerge. There is extraordinary freshness for such a mammoth wine in addition to abundant tannin, an amazing 60-second finish, and a level of glycerin and thick, fleshy texture that have to be tasted to be believed. Despite its youthfulness, the 1990 La Chapelle is lovely to drink, although it will be even better with another 5-6 years of cellaring; it should age for 35-40+ years. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2050" R. Parker, 100 pts. 06/00 6 bottles
Estimate $1,800-2,800