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Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage la Chapelle 1999

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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

External Reviews for Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage la Chapelle

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

Pretty, with a supple opulence enveloped in fat tannins and ripe fruit. Delivers plum, blackberry and black cherry character. Tight and firm for now, even closed. Needs time. Best from 2003 through 2010.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

Smell this wine and you’re smelling Hermitage, from the warm granite baking in the sun at the top of the hill to the ripeness of the fruit hanging on the vines to the garrigue that surrounds them. Those scents continue into the taste, carried on sandy, firm tannins, dense yet fragrant. It’s powerful wine, the alcohol extra fuel to the roasted cherry flavors, yet it somehow remains elegant, streamlined, all of a piece. It’s a bit shut down right now, so leave it in the cellar for another few years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

I retasted the 1999 Hermitage La Chapelle. While it is unquestionably an excellent effort, it is well below the standards of the appellation’s benchmark producers. It requires another 3–5 years of cellaring, and should last twenty-five years, but it will always lack volume and density, and possess a certain austerity.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/05/2010

Saturated medium ruby. Deep, highly concentrated aroma of black fruits, bitter chocolate, shoe polish and humus. Thick but bright on entry, then quite full and consistent through to the very long whiplash of a finish. Really stuffed with fruit, and b... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 1999 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle 750ml



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