By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 98
It will be thrilling to follow the 2009 and 2010 la Chapelles over the coming 40-50 years. Much more sexy, voluptuous and layered than the 2010, the 2009 Hermitage la Chapelle offers sensational levels of extract and concentration to go with notes of cassis, black raspberries, coffee bean, toasted bread and sweet spice. Beautifully pure, layered, and yet massively endowed, with sweet tannin, it will be drinkable at an earlier age than the 2010, but I suspect will be just as long lived. It's a true tour de force in Hermitage!
James Suckling 98
Lots of ripe fruit in this, with plum and blackberry character. Very floral and fresh with citrus undertones, dried meats and smoke. Full body with an incredible texture of ultra-fine tannins, and length and beauty. This is like the unrated, incredible 1959. Incredible harmony and beauty. I am speechless. Drink or hold. This will be wonderful for ever.
Jeb Dunnuck 98
In the same ballpark as the 2010, yet in a dramatically different style, the 2009 Hermitage La Chapelle is pure sex in a glass, and its ruby/purple color is followed by mammoth-sized notes of crème de cassis, black raspberries, cured meats, toasted spices, and dried flowers. Opulent, full-bodied, deep, and layered, it flirts with perfection and is a magical wine to enjoy over the coming 40-50 years or more.
Wine Spectator 95
This is packed and well-rendered, with notes of fig, boysenberry confiture and ganache at the core and powerful structure pushing from behind. Shows plenty of roasted tobacco and vanilla bean on the slightly stolid finish, but there's a density and brooding length here that sets it apart form the pack.