A famous wine that, despite its humble appellation, stood up beautifully to blind comparison with Hermitage La Chapelle from the same vintage. Dark crimson. Sweet, round, slightly dusty with a hint of gunpowder. Round with the tannins fully resolved. The nose was so fresh that I almost thought it was Cabernet at first. Then it became sweeter and more pungent. Much, much sweeter than most Syrahs. Something mineral on the finish. Lovely stuff that declined faster in the glass than the La Chapelle.
Anticipated maturity: 2000-2020