Hermitage La Chapelle is the kind of wine that doesn't need a long presentation. Probably the most iconic wine from the Rhône and the most famous Syrah in the world, it comes form very specific parcels owned by Paul Jaboulet Ainé since 1919. Biodynamic farming, manual harvest, extremely low yield (10-15hl/ha) and 18 months in oak barrels. The result is a full-bodied, tannic and highly concentrated wine, with layers of black fruit, spice and leather. Made to age for over 30 years, you may open a bottle now but make sure you decant it for a few hours. Truly exceptional wine!
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Paul Jaboulet Aîné
Dry Red wine
from now to 2040!
2 hours before
Game, duck and other tasty red meats
Granitic and limestone
Biodynamic since 2006
40 to 60+ years old
18 months in oak barrels (20% new oak)
|What experts say|
97+/100 "The grand vin is the 2012 Hermitage la Chapelle, and it lives up to the billing in 2012. Coming mostly from the Meal and aged in just 20% new French oak, it’s a blockbuster that exhibits thrilling, mineral-drenched notes of spiced dark fruits, beef blood, black olive and toast. Full-bodied, deep, layered and incredibly concentrated, it has a stacked mid-palate and enough tannin to warrant another 4-5 years of bottle age. It will have 2-3 decades of overall prime drinking, and certainly evolve for longer."
92/100 "Very solid, with a loamy frame around a core of fleshy plum, fig and blackberry flavors. A backdrop of licorice root and roasted espresso shows on the finish. A little shy on energy, this exhibits a hefty dose of toast, ample depth of fruit and a good tug of terroir. Best from 2017 through 2024."