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Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage la Chapelle 2005

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Deceptively graceful at first with Burgundy-like perfume this quickly delivers a torrent of fruit - blackberry boysenberry and black currant - that cascades over itself pushed from behind by flavors of mocha mineral tar and violets. Long sweet and pure through a densely structured finish. Best from 2008 through 2030. [96 pts Wine Spectator] The finest example of this cuv?e since the 1990 the 2003 Hermitage La Chapelle....possesses an inky/purple color as well as a tremendous bouquet of cr?me de cassis crushed flowers truffles and licorice. Full-bodied and powerful (15% natural alcohol) with good freshness and definition this big rich dense reassuringly great La Chapelle should be cellared for 5-8 years and drunk over the following 20-25.

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: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/15/2011

($216) Very juicy, with nice drive to the black currant and boysenberry fruit, which is pushed by dark plum sauce, black licorice and sweet toast notes. The long, fleshy finish shows the polished grip of the vintage. Best from 2010 through 2022. 400 ... Wine Spectator. A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2005 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/28/2009

A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2005 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle 750ml



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Deceptively graceful at first with Burgundy-like perfume this quickly delivers a torrent of fruit - blackberry boysenberry and black currant - that cascades over itself pushed from behind by flavors of mocha mineral tar and violets. Long sweet and pure through a densely structured finish. Best from 2008 through 2030. [96 pts Wine Spectator] The finest example of this cuv?e since the 1990 the 2003 Hermitage La Chapelle....possesses an inky/purple color as well as a tremendous bouquet of cr?me de cassis crushed flowers truffles and licorice. Full-bodied and powerful (15% natural alcohol) with good freshness and definition this big rich dense reassuringly great La Chapelle should be cellared for 5-8 years and drunk over the following 20-25.

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