No Reserve set on this auction lot.
“A hot summer and thick-skinned grapes seem to have saved the vintage from the bad rain. This impressive ’94 shows balance and refined tannins, but the finish is a bit chewy and hard now. Beautifully fresh and clean, with subtle vanilla, blackberry, spice, mocha and chocolate.–La Chapelle vertical”.
“A dark ruby/plum color, the bouquet offers scents of damp forest, underbrush, prune, truffles, and roasted meats. Medium-bodied, soft, attractively rich, fresh, and vigorous, this excellent La Chapelle can be drunk now, or aged for 15 more years”.
Robert Parker. (The Wine Advocate. June 2000).
“Very deep ruby/black. Nose is quite plummy and deep. Much more evolved. Notes of bacon fat. Very unctuous and delicious in the mouth. Full-bodied with very rich, ripe fruit. Still has good tannic backbone and will keep, but drinking really well”.
Tom Cannavan. (Wine Pages. 1/1/1999)
Jancis Robinson also awarded this wine with 92 Points. (12/6/2018).
A more recent tasting note on the 1994 Hermitage La Chapelle on Cellartracker:-
“Very good bottle. Served along side 1997 (magnum) and 1999 and it was my favorite of the three”.
KENPLACE. (Cellartracker. 8/4/2019).