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Cornas Syrah 1997

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97 | FRANCE | Rhone

Region: France » Rhône » Northern Rhône » Cornas

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Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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Paul Jaboulet Aèné:
The company’s hundred or so hectares of vineyards are tended with the greatest possible care. In the northern estates of the Côtes du Rhône, the wide diversity of terroirs and the influence of micro-climates favours the production of Syrah. This is the principle variety, and the sole red grape, grown by Paul Jaboulet Aîné, while Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier are used for the white wines. ... Read more
The company’s hundred or so hectares of vineyards are tended with the greatest possible care. In the northern estates of the Côtes du Rhône, the wide diversity of terroirs and the influence of micro-climates favours the production of Syrah. This is the principle variety, and the sole red grape, grown by Paul Jaboulet Aîné, while Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier are used for the white wines. This provides the wines of each appellation with a well-defined personality. Paul Jaboulet Aîné favours traditional vineyard husbandry. Yields are restricted to between 25 and 35 hectolitres per hectare from vines that are on average 40 years old, with the most illustrious being nearly 80 years old. Canopy management, crop thinning, pruning and harvesting are all carried out by hand. Ancestral methods such as the use of hand winches and stake training of vines are still used, all of which requires a skilled, experienced workforce. When they have reached optimal maturity, the grapes are hand-harvested into 20kg crates to keep them in as good condition as possible. The company is currently undergoing sustainable agriculture qualification, which restricts the use of herbicides in the soil, favours organic fertilisers to encourage the development of micro-organisms, and allows the vines to thrust their roots deep into the ground. The vines consequently benefit from the natural and varied nourishment of the soil. This background means that the Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné winemaking team must work tirelessly, using the ancestral methods of the past to move into the future. Read less

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Snooth User: duncan 906
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0.00 5
07/15/2011

I bought three bottles of this from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk for £31 and I have just finished drinking the first.Cornas is an appellation in the northern Rhone valley which is 100%syrah and Paul Jaboulet Aine is a well known negociant operating in this area.I have been told that Cornas is at its best at between 10 and 15 years old so this 1997 should be spot on.It is a wine that definitely needs to be opened an hour or two before drinking and the overwhelming impression is of intense,in your face,fruit.The second half of the bottle on the second day was a little softer but subtle and delicate are not adjectives needed to describe this.I liked it.


Snooth User: Quentin4
209779205
4.00 5
08/02/2009

Controversial. That will be the best word to describe this wine. It has gone through many phases in the bottle and last time I tried it (this year) I discovered a totally changed wine. We open the bottle for a mere 24 hours before giving it a try! It filled up the room with its scents and needed that much time to untighten...Leathery, smoky, minty, herbal, aromatic, such a complex wine! Full of suprises on the palate, with a spicy tone that unveil more fruit on the back of the mouth. Big, very big, it last for a good 30 seconds! Not a typical La Chapelle, but a wine that will be enjoyable for another 15 years at least! QC http://www.questionofwine.blogspot.com


Snooth User: vipul20
34307210
4.00 5
05/29/2010

Four glasses


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/10/2011

The 1997 Hermitage La Chapelle is a monumental wine. The harvest was completed on October 14, with some cuvees achieving 14.5% natural alcohol (the alcohol level in the final blend is 13.5%). The wi... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 1997 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle 750ml



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