Paul Jaboulet Hermitage la Chapelle 2001

External Review by Prestige Wine & Spirits:

Saturated, opaque ruby red. Full-bodied. highly extracted. quite tannic. Red fruits, minerals, earth. Solid and well-proportioned, with tough tannins not obscuring generous fruit flavors. This is too backward for current consumption. A long-term cellar wine with great potential.

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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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03/06/2008

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Paul Jaboulet Hermitage la Chapelle

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Saturated, opaque ruby red. Full-bodied. highly extracted. quite tannic. Red fruits, minerals, earth. Solid and well-proportioned, with tough tannins not obscuring generous fruit flavors. This is too backward for current consumption. A long-term cellar wine with great potential.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

A saturated purple/plum color is accompanied by gamy, blackberry, and smoked meat aromas. While this wine is rich and full-bodied, the question marks reflects its gritty, astringent tannin and austere personality. At present, it is less of a sure bet than the 1996 or 1997. However, it is a large-scaled, boldly-flavored, but ferociously tannic La Chapelle. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2035.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Very aromatic, refined and intriguing. A medium-bodied wine that opens up with crisp, citrusy notes that are a bit sour, then delivers freshly crushed red berries, dried herbs and cassis in a rather narrow range. Not much seduction here, but there is a mineral, iron, wet earth and terroir quality that is unmistakably unique and keeps you coming back for more. Cellar for years. Best from 2005 through 2015.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Very good ruby-red color. Perfumed nose of black- and redcurrants, grilled meat and chocolate. Large-scaled, layered and superripe, with strong inner-mouth flavor. Yet rather closed today. Young La Chapelle often shows a resiny, damp earth, ever raisiny oxidative aspect when tasted early, but there's no sign of this today. Thicker, more powerful and longer than the '96: the yield here was just 30 hectoliters per hectare, compared to 38 in '96.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

This ripe, vivid and lush Rhône is made in an international-style, lavishly oaked, with seductive plum, prune, chocolate and toast flavors. Known to improve with age, so hold until 1999 or so, until the firm tannins have smoothed out.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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
09/19/2011

The '91 La Chapelle has the dense black fruit of other '91 Hermitage wines we tasted, but with a difference: balance. The acidity is far from searing, but it's strong enough to create a lusciousness, a beehive of activity as the wine enters the mouth. That balance helps create a dramatic wine, with some power and intensity (though a shade of the '90 vintage). It has the rugged character that reminds of the steep rock cliffs of the Hermitage vineyard.


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