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The July 2019 Distinguished Cellar Auction, Part II

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Auction Ends: 7/11/2019 6:00:00 PM PST

Lot #274. Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle 2015

Description: Consists of 6 Bottles, 0.75L
Region: France, Rhône, Hermitage.
Score: 100 JD.
"Lastly, and a legendary wine in the making, the 2015 Hermitage La Chapelle is reminiscent of the 1990 with its full-bodied, opulently, sexy, yet concentrated style. Offering sensational notes of blackcurrants, smoked herbs, beef blood, and chocolate, it’s a huge yet elegant wine that has masses of sweet tannin, incredible purity and finesse, and a killer finish. It’s the finest wine from this estate in close to 30 years. Hats off to Caroline Fray and Jacques Desvernois! If anyone had any doubts about the incredible turn around in quality this estate has seen since being taken over by Caroline Frey and winemaker Jacques Desvernois in 2006, these latest 2015s should put those doubts to rest. This is unquestionably the finest set of releases I’ve tasted from the estate, and the top reds rival, and in a number of cases surpass, the 2009s and 2010s. While the lineup remains relatively unchanged, the La Petite Chapelle has been done away with and is replaced by the La Maison Bleue cuvee, which driven by vineyards located on the eastern side of Hermitage Hill, as opposed to being a second wine for the La Chapelle cuvee. I continue to think the whites could use more richness and opulence, yet they’re impeccably made and carry their fresher, vibrant style nicely." Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, Jan 2018
Provenance: The Imperial Cellar
Notes: 3 Very lightly scuffed, 1 nicked label.
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $900

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