\"The 1990 La Chapelle is the sexy and opulent. I had the 1990 at the Jaboulet tasting and again out of a double magnum three months ago. On both occasions it was spectacular clearly meriting a three-digit score. The modern day equivalent of the 1961 it deserves all the attention it has garnered.The color remains an opaque purple with only a slight pink at the edge. Spectacular aromatics offer up aromas of incense smoke blackberry fruit cassis barbecue spice coffee and a touch of chocolate. As it sits in the glass additional nuances of pepper and grilled steak emerge. There is extraordinary freshness for such a mammoth wine in addition to abundant tannin an amazing 60-second finish and a level of glycerin and thick fleshy texture that have to be tasted to be believed.\"
\"As expected from this ideal vintage this \'90 is sensational. Inky in color and solidly anchored in its terroir it springs to life with a symphony of flavors from mineral to wet earth and blackberry. Marvelous balance among fruit acidity and smooth tannins. Delicious now but can hold.\"
Rh?ne lovers were out in full force on this night. Sadly I only got to taste a handful of the wines being passed around. Still these were four of the greatest wines I have ever tasted. The 1990 La Chapelle held its own in this grouping and then some. The purity of the fruit and the wine’s finish were mind-bending.v