- Paul Jaboulet Aîné
- 2025 - 2049
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Goedhuis, April 2018
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.
Wine Advocate, December 2017,
Winemaker Jacques Devernois likens the 2016 Hermitage La Chapelle to a woman’s red dress, calling it charming and flashy. It looks like it will appeal young, as this prospective sample had ample concentration but was also supple in feel. Hints of smoke, crushed stone and pencil shavings frame cassis fruit in this full-bodied and creamy-textured wine. It finishes long, with hints of vanilla and great freshness.
Josh Raynolds, June 2018,
Dark purple. A highly expressive, mineral-accented bouquet evokes fresh blackberry and blueberry, candied flowers, incense and exotic spices. Sweet, palate-staining black and blue fruit liqueur and violet pastille flavors are complicated by suggestions of cracked pepper and bitter chocolate; a spicecake nuance gains strength with aeration. Steadily building tannins add shape and grip to the extremely long, incisive finish, which emphatically repeats the floral and mineral notes. I wouldn't be surprised to see this wine turn out as well as the amazing 2015 version.
Matthew Jukes, April 2018,
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.
Paul Jaboulet Aîné
One of the most recognised producers in the Rhône Valley, Jaboulet was first created in the early 1800s. Up until a couple of years ago, it remained family owned. Over time, it established its flagship Hermitage La Chapelle as one of the top wines of the region ranking it along Chave Hermitage and Guigal single-vineyard Côte-Rôties in quality. In the mid-late 1990s, quality became irregular due to the death of Gérard Jaboulet and other internal issues. In early 2006, the Jaboulet family sold their heralded domaine to the Frey family, owners of Château La Lagune in Bordeaux and major investors in Billecart-Salmon in Champagne. Since this change of hands, investment has been foremost - contributing to new winemaking facilities as well as creating a dramatic and imposing aging cellar sculpted out of an ancient quarry, a space that might put a superhero's headquarters to shame. Their goal is to put Jaboulet's range of wines back on the collector's map. Since their takeover,the results have been noticed. Even Robert Parker has stated, "I fully expect quality will dramatically soar at Jaboulet (just as it has at Château La Lagune in Bordeaux).." (The Wine Advocate, April 2007).
Hermitage is a region that produces both red and white wines. Its famous red is made from 100% Syrah while the white is produced from Marsanne and/or Roussanne. A sweeter and very rare white wine is also produced from grapes that have been dried on straw before being pressed. A slighter warmer micro-climate enables Hermitage's red wines to have more ripeness and structure than Côte Rôtie which adds additional power and longevity. As a result, they are usually the most ‘masculine' styled reds in all of the northern Rhône.