Jaboulet Hermitage la Petite Chapelle 2006
Legendary Rhône producer, Paul Jaboulet, was bought by the Frey family in January 2006 and is now undergoing a quality renaissance. The Frey family, owners of Château La Lagune (and previously owners of Ayala Champagne), have a history of investing in quality and are determined to restore the Jaboulet wines to their former glory. M. Frey hired a new general manager, a new vineyard manager and a new winemaker soon after taking control of Jaboulet, and brought in Denis Dubourdieu (owner of Château Reynon, and consultant to La Lagune) to help bring quality back to its previously high level. In order to do this, much of the old oak in the cellars was thrown out and almost 25,000 cases worth of wine was sold off in bulk as it wasn’t good enough to go into the revamped Jaboulet blends. In addition, about 72,000 bottles were tipped down the drain. The 2005 Hermitage ‘La Petite Chapelle’ is made solely from Syrah and is deep, dark cherry red in colour, with intense, spicy perfumes of ripe fruit, especially blackberries. On the palate it is concentrated, with good structure and tannins that are well-integrated with the ripe, black cherry and bramble fruit. It has a long and fragrant finish. La Petite Chapelle is made from a selection of grapes grown on the Hermitage hill. Soils here are a mix of granite gravel overlaid with mica-schist and gneiss and round, alluvial pebbles. The vines are goblet trained and pruned on stakes. They are 45 years old and yield 30-35 hl/ha. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, followed by maceration lasting 3-4 weeks. The wine was aged for 18 months in oak casks and racked every four months for blending the different parcels.
RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.
Food Pairings for Jaboulet Hermitage la Petite Chapelle
Spicy Salmon & Avocado Tower
Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake
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