La Chapelle: "This perfect wine is simply a precise
and profound interpretation of its noble terroir."
20++/20 Matthew Jukes

New Release | Paul Jaboulet 2016: The king of Hermitage regains its former glory

Paul Jaboulet Aîné is an illustrious name in the Northern Rhône. Their vines around the small chapel atop the Hermitage hill are a fabled site in vinous folklore. La Chapelle’s long history has enjoyed much exaltation, but its reputation began to wane towards the end of the twentieth century. Since purchasing the estate in 2006, the Frey family have invested heavily in restoring this legendary estate back to its former glory.
With the fabulous 2016s they are re-launching the estate onto the UK market through a select handful of merchants, Goedhuis amongst them.
The domaine has seven impressive red cuvées from across the Northern Rhône. We have chosen to focus on Hermitage and Crozes Hermitage, the beating heart of this domaine.
These wines are the apex of Northern Rhône Syrah. The Hermitage will live on to a grand old age, whilst the Crozes Hermitage can be enjoyed after just a year or two in the cellar. Both, at their respective levels, offer complexity and quality that outpaces their many peers.

Matthew Jukes tasted the 2016s with Caroline Frey last month and wrote: "The wines of the past eras were oily and rich for the whites or heavy and often rustic for the reds and Caroline’s wines are the opposite - they are all vibrant and linear. This suits every single style because it allows each wine to capture the elemental power of their various soils and bind it into the core of the wines." 

We are delighted to include exclusive tasting notes from Matthew Jukes. He describes La Chapelle as "a perfect wine", "on a par with the legendary 1978 and 1961" and "a colossally important wine", and awards it an extraordinary 20++/20. His full review is available on his brilliant website: Matthew Jukes.

Delivery available mid-October 2018. Free UK mainland delivery on orders over £300, otherwise £18.

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2016 Hermitage La Chapelle Paul Jaboulet Aîné (Limited)
£695.00/6 bts IB
£705.00/3 mags IB

2016 is a superb return for this cult wine. It is a blend of plots that surround the hermit’s chapel at the top of the steep Hermitage slope: Bressards (which provides the backbone of the wine), Méals (a famous south facing slope that produces fleshy depth to the fruit), Roucoules, Les Griffeux, and Varongue. Aged in a combination of oak barrels and demi-muids (15-20% new), a light spice coats the concentrated elixir of dark Syrah fruit. A high proportion of old vines (40-60 years old) gives intensity and power to the wine. This is Syrah par excellence, with silky tannins, dark power, and a firm fruit core. It should age magnificently. Drink 2023 – 2045, Goedhuis & Co

This wine is not scared of parading its tannins like a well-drilled regiment of soldiers. Building on this base of unshakable integrity is a palate and a perfume which made such an impact on me I returned to the tasting half an hour after I left to have another look at this stupendous wine. It is immensely impactful with incredible aromatics and a deep and sonorous palate. The tension throughout is unnerving and the richness and decadence of the fruit is tempered by control and calm. If you like your La Chapelle to be muscular and omnipotent or indeed fragrant and sensual, then the 2016 vintage will please both palates. It does the incredible balancing act of covering all of the bases within one wine and this makes it on a par with the legendary 1978 and 1961, both of which I have been lucky enough to taste. I believe that the La Chapelle vineyard is now in total harmony and this is why the beautiful 2016 vintage has managed to encourage it to create such a colossally important wine. As you can see the winemaking is as gentle as it gets – so this perfect wine is simply a precise and profound interpretation of its noble terroir. Drink 2024-2060. 20++/20, Matthew Jukes

2016 Hermitage La Maison Bleue Paul Jaboulet Aîné
£216.00/6 bts IB
£226/3 mags IB

This cuvée was previously known as ‘La Petite Chapelle’, but is now named after the small stone hut that provides shelter for those working in the steep vines. The fruit comes from the eastern side of the Hermitage hill where the soil is a little richer. It has a deep garnet colour, and wonderfully rich aromas. It possesses the beautiful generosity of Hermitage fruit with an elegant freshness on the finish. It has a rounded tannic depth and leaves a lingering memory of sweet dark fruits, roasted coffee beans, and violet notes. Drink 2021 – 2034, Goedhuis & Co

This is the name for the old Petit Chapelle cuvée (the first vintage was 2015). It appears very dry and very pure and this astringency demonstrates the epic skin tannins here. The nose is meaty with less obvious pepper and more spice and game notes. With a completely different feel to the rest of the portfolio, this is a powerful wine with grunt and muscle and it is certainly behaving like a bodyguard to La Chapelle. What it lacks in beauty it makes up for in concentration and bravado. Drink 2024 - 2035. 18.5+/20, Matthew Jukes

2016 Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Roure Paul Jaboulet Aîné
£135.00/6 bts IB
£145.00/3 mags IB

This small 3.5 hectare vineyard comes from the northern part of the appellation near Hermitage, and the fruit from its steep granitic slopes produces a racy, spicy example of Crozes. This wine has fabulous floral aromas with salty freshness to the fruit palate. The tannins are extremely fine, and this should develop with great grace over the medium term. Drink 2020 – 2030, Goedhuis & Co

A change of tack from Thalabert, Roure has a much deeper, bloody core thanks to its granitic slopes and this adds another layer of violet perfume as well as a darker hue and more elemental force on the back of the palate. Indulgent and deep, this is a wine with serious intent. Drink 2020 - 2032. 18+/20, Matthew Jukes

2016 Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert Paul Jaboulet Aîné
£98.00/6 bts IB
£108.00/3 mags IB

Crozes Hermitage is a large appellation and quality can be variable. Paul Jaboulet purchased Domaine de Thalabert in 1834, and since then the estate has been making a leading example of Crozes from its pebbly terraces located in the historic centre of the appellation. It has the dark aromas of olive tapenade, with a rich palate displaying peppery, meaty, and dark fruited flavours. It should start to drink well after a few years in the cellar. Drink 2020 – 2028, Goedhuis & Co

Smoothly juicy, with a firm, grainy finish this is a polished Thalabert with pepper, blackberry notes and a lovely balance in spite of its youth. This is a complete wine which will blossom quickly but hold well thanks to its robust core of minerality. Drink 2019 - 2030. 17.5/20, Matthew Jukes


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