97-98 points James Suckling: "Very spicy and peppery with blue-granite aromas plus hints of grilled and smoked meat. Cloves and nutmeg. Full body, round and juicy tannins and a super spicy finish that almost burns with so much character yet turns fine and focused at the end. A beauty. (8/29/18)"
97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Hermitage La Chapelle is slightly denser than the 2017 and is a bigger, richer, more structured wine than the La Maison Bleue. Crème de cassis, blackberries, crushed rocks, ozone, scorched earth, and violet notes all emerge from this beautifully classic, elegant, seamless wine that carries full-bodied richness, building tannins, and a big finish, all while staying in the classic, elegant, balanced style of the vintage. It has plenty of tannins and is a quintessential La Chapelle that will have three decades of longevity. Drink: 2020-20250. (12/20/18)"
96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "The 2016 vintage of La Chapelle is everything one would expect from the confluence of a brilliantly old school, classic vintage and one of the most iconic red wine bottlings in the Rhône Valley. The wine comes in listed at 14.5 percent octane and offers up a vibrant, complex and very pure bouquet of cassis, smoked meats, pepper, beautiful spice tones, stony minerality, a bit of saddle leather, woodsmoke and a nice framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully balanced, with a rock solid core of fruit, great mineral drive, ripe firm tannins and a long, nascently complex and very, very promising finish. This is perhaps just a touch higher in octane, but it reminds me very strongly of the great 1989 La Chapelle when it was first released. It will be interesting to follow the 2016 over the coming decades and see if the slightly riper character of this wine will impinge upon its longevity, in comparison to past legendary vintages of La Chapelle such as 1978, 1988, 1989 and 1990 (all of which were plenty ripe out of the blocks). But, upon release, this has everything one could ask for to deliver future greatness! 2030-2100. (Sep/Oct 2020)"
96 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): "Inky ruby. Intensely perfumed aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, exotic spices, cured tobacco, olive and potpourri are given vivacity by a smoky mineral nuance. Fresh and expansive in the mouth, displaying deeply concentrated boysenberry and cherry liqueur flavors, along with suggestions of candied violet, star anise and bitter chocolate. The floral and mineral notes return on the strikingly long, penetrating finish, which features harmonious tannins and a sweet touch of candied licorice. Drink: 2028-2038. (Sep 2019)"
96 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): "Sourced from the granitic western portion of the appellation, the 2016 Hermitage La Chapelle features mouthwatering aromas of black olives and charred beef. It's full-bodied and creamy-velvety in texture, incredibly lush without being overtly fruity. In fact, it's largely savory, with elegant shadings of leather and spice on the long, silky finish. Yet despite being delicious now, this still has the granite backbone to age through 2040. Drink: 2020-2040. (Oct 2018)"