This was the first vintage of this wine as it replaced the La Petit Chapelle bottling. It seems to be a bottling made for more immediate drinking than the La Chapelle bottling. It is a very classic Hermitage nevertheless and at age 8, this seems to be just settling in. Purple in color with ruby hues, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, black olives, and smoked herbs. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, black raspberries with a slight floral (violet?) note and smoke. Great acidity. Long finish. This is drinking well and should easily go another ten years. Nice on its own, but better with food. A nice choice would be Coq au Vin.