"Clean, fresh and filled with ripe black berry flavors. With time spent in oak, the wine takes on a slight smoky character as well as firm tannins. This wine can be drunk now or over the next two years."
"his wine is opulent, powerful and full-bodied, with silky tannins and round. Stresses purplish color, notes of wild berries, blackberry and violet and hints of cassis.En palate is elegant and personality. The French oak aging gives a pleasantly toasty finish."
"90 pts Wine Spectator Stylish, with a fresh sanguine note running through the core of black cherry and blackberry confiture flavors. Picks up additional spice and red licorice notes on the finish."
"92pts-RP The deep ruby/purple-colored 2003 Hermitage is extremely concentrated. It is the biggest, richest Hermitage I have ever tasted from Belle. A striking liqueur of mineral component is accompanied by notes of flowers and pepper. Opaque purple-colored, full-bodied, powerful, and potentially long-lived, yields for this cuvee were only 18 hectoliters per hectare. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025."
"90-92 pts. - Parker Made completely from the Cote Blonde, the 2003 Cote Rotie Lancement exhibits sweet aromas of exotic white fruits intermixed with raspberry and cassis notes. It offers a flattering, voluptuously-textured style, medium to full body, and superb purity as well as intensity. Sadly, there are only 100 cases for the world."
"97 Points- Wine Spectator. Some lovely fruit, polished and clean, with all the attributes of a fine terroir--mineral and above all a lot of sweet, ultraripe fruit. Full-bodied, long, with plenty of toasted, smoked bacon and blackberry notes."
"A ripe, lush, creamy wine with a ton of sweetness, black fruit and good balance... The palate is smooth and lactic, with creamy blackberry, brown sugar and soft tannins."
"91 Points- Wine Advocate. Oozing concentration, glycerin, and extract, the spectacular 1997 Hermitage Chevalier de Sterimberg is the size of a big, fat, succulent Grand Cru. Although this wine can be hard to understand when young, it becomes special with age. Drink through 2019."
"Dark, very deep color with purple tinges. Great aromatic richness, with hints of soft fruit (blackcurrant, raspberry) and touches of pepper and licorice. Rich and fleshy on the palate, developing into remarkable fullness, around an imposing tannic structure. It is a wine that lacks nothing."
"The declassified lots deemed unacceptable for La Chapelle (a smart move to assure that La Chapelle remains one of the world's greatest wines) are blended into La Petite Chapelle. The peppery 2003 (10,000 bottles) offers notes of black currants, medium body, and an elegant, forward style. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2013 87-89 pts. - Parker"