Also shockingly light and stripped, the 2020 Hermitage La Chapelle Blanc has mid-weight aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, green almond, and citrus. It’s a significant step down from past vintages, and this estate seems to continue making fresh, lively, yet dilute wines.
Rich and precise on the nose with almond and citrus notes. Same precision on the palate, which is round and full but vibrant, the acidity present and giving length and drive. More gras and weight than Le Chevalier but still that introverted, wait-and-see style. 2025-2040
The 2020 Hermitage la Chapelle Blanc (last bottled in 2014) comes entirely from the Maison Blanche lieu-dit and is 100% Marsanne. Like the other Jaboulet whites from 2020, it's on the leaner side, with pear and citrus enriched by some leesy character. Medium-bodied, it's long and elegant, even if it's a significant departure in style from most examples of Hermitage Blanc. With it's higher-than-normal acid levels and crisper feel, it's conceivable that I've underrated it as a young wine and that it will blossom in time.