The last vintage of the nineties marks a decade of inconsistency, stretching in/to the mid-2000s. But in more recent time, the new owners and a new winemaking team have restored the La Chapelle to the heights of its glory day. The 1999 La Chapelle belongs to an era long past, and feels like it belongs in a museum of royal tapestry. It has retained its dark ruby colour, and still offers a developed nose of blackcurrant, dried herbs with a hint of pepper. It still has acidity to keep the mouthfeel fresh, and a minimal dose of tannin structure. The fruit is clearly on its last legs, with a muted finish. Drink now. 88/100.
Still, it was a nice complement for a creamy, mild Jean Faup chevre (from the Pyrénées) I had bought from Spring Street Grocer.