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    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Roast squab with cèpes

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The Story

In the heart of the Rhône Valley, this small chapel has become one of the world’s great historic buildings
La Chapelle, the jewel of Maison Jaboulet, has a rich and emotive history. 
During the 13th century, a knight called Gaspard de Sterimberg settled in the hills of Tain l’Hermitage with the permission of Blanche de Castille. On his return from the crusades, he sought calm and serenity and isolated himself as a hermit, hence the name of the Hermitage appellation. There he built a Chapel, overlooking the Rhône Valley. 

La Chapelle endured the passage of time and finally became the property of Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné in 1919. 
Hermitage “La Chapelle” is a blend of terroirs, including the prestigious hillsides of Méal and Bessards. Each one provides its own aromatic characteristics, as well as an elegant tannin structure, giving the wine great ageing potential.

Since the legendary 1961 vintage, which was classed as one of the Twelve mythical wines of the 20th century, Hermitage “la Chapelle” has become one of the world’s most sought-after wines. 
Its fame has led Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné to revive a historical tradition by producing a few bottles of 2006 “la Chapelle” white wine. 

The diversity of “terroirs” on these lands gives our wine an identity of its own, thanks to the blending of grapes from different plots.

The Syrah vines are planted in rich and varied soils with very diverse terroirs (les Bessards, les Greffieux, le Méal and les Rocoules).
It is the richness of these different terroirs that provides our Hermitage La Chapelle with its complexity.
Grape Variety:
Very old Syrah vines; goblet pruning on stakes.
Age of the vines: 
40 to 60 years.
Grapes are brought down from the slopes of l’Hermitage on small sledges, after which they are sorted by hand and vinified traditionally in our wineries 
Final blending is carried out during the ageing process and is done through judicious selection from the different terroirs of l’Hermitage.  
La Chapelle is aged in wood in our ancient “VINEUM” cellar for 15 to 18 months. During this process the wines are also racked.
Low yields of 10 to 18 hl/ha.

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Wine Information

1978/ The total harvest of the Côtes du Rhône wines is 1,858,004 Hl.
In the northernmost part, the grape harvests began on the 5th. October and finished on the 23rd. October.
The Autumn turns cold after several fine days. The winter is cold and snowy. Spring is cold and very wet; growth is slowed down. Helicopter spraying is tried out on the HERMITAGE for the first time, with good results. Flowering begins only on the 15th. June. July, August and September are very good months.
There is good weather for the harvest, and very healthy grapes which give very good wines and, in some cases such as in the north (HERMITAGE, COTE ROTIE) some exceptional red wines, still closed(?), which will keep well. The whites are rare, rounded, and heady.


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Average Bottle Price

2017 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000
1 654€ +17.7% 1 405€ +18.1% 1 190€ +8.2% 1 100€ +14.0% 965€ -27.0% 1 322€ +33.5% 990€ +75.8% 563€ +44.7% 389€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Tasting note


Deep, Ruby red and Pale


Long, Extensive, Smooth and Metallic


Leather, Blackberry, Cranberry, Raspberry, Pepper and Vanilla


Seductive, Complex, Ripe and Youthful


Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Well-structured, Concentrated, Perfectly balanced, Developing, Full-bodied, Round, Firm, Harmonious, Dry and Drying tannins


Intelligent and Fine

Written Notes

The 1978 Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle Magnum was all about the pheromones and sexy accordingly.  It was so rich out of magnum and also gamy, candle waxy, creamy and dry with texture to match. This was outstanding but another where I had grander memories.  Someone likened it to a ‘triple shot of Starbucks’ thanks to the coffee that developed (95M).

  • 95p
The Syrah grapes used for this flagship wine of Jaboulet come from two vineyards, Bessards and Méal. In 1978 these vineyards among others in Rhône were facing difficult weather conditions. Yields were reduced due to a cool and wet spring. The flowering turned out to be late and it proceeded very slowly. Then came a warm and dry summer not only helping the harvest to survive but to become perfect. A small crop with excellent quality reaching the level of the superb vintage 1961. Fine looking bottle. Decanted for two hours. Very dark, almost black in colour. Open and exotic bouquet of mineral, pepper, plum, blackberries and leather notes. In the mouth, this 1978 has an overwhelming concentration, exceptional balance and depth, and a superbly long, monumental finish that lasts for more than two minutes. This is the finest La Chapelle made since the legendary 1961.
  • 98p
Hermitage La Chapelle 1978 / "Youthful colour. Deep bouquet of cedar, cassis, hrbs. On the palate a nice melange of eukalyptus, candied fruits, silky tannins. This bottle was extremely young and almost forbidding until it opened up."
  • 97p
Brick red, with some purple still showing. Very complex nose of cherries, spices, incense and honeysuckle. This is not as concentrated as the 1990 – nothing could be! – but the structure and texture is wonderfully silky and refined. The length is again astonishing. Another legend that doesn’t disappoint.
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This WINE is of a different time and a wine that the paper says more than 30 years, but the look and appearance could be a maximum of 10 years. The grilled steak sense appears directly to you. The ethereal and aggressive lilies, cress, medicine cabinet and the liquorices flavor. It is velvety, polished, fresh and smooth, but hyper-intense and leaves one smacked of an embarrassing floating way!
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Deep, mature and dense on the rim. Deeply intoxicating, warm arabica coffee nose. Chocolate, cocoa and total allure. Cinnamon. On the palate it is so elegant and delicious with such style and class. This has now matured to so much finesse – the tannins have been tamed and the fruit has maintained all its persistence. Finishes half-lacy and half-pure power. The balance ensures longevity, if you can resists it now. Violets at the end.'

'Opaque plum/garnet-colored, with a fabulously sweet, youthful bouquet of licorice, incense, smoked meats, pepper, and blackberry/cassis fruit, the full-bodied 1978 La Chapelle is extremely young with astonishing vigor, velvety tannin, and a full-bodied, multi-dimensional, layered personality. The finish lasts for over 60 seconds. Remarkably fresh and not yet fully mature, the super-concentrated 1978 should continue to age well for another three decades. Anticipated maturity: now-2030.' (100)

'Full colour. Now looking as if, at long least, the wine has finally reached maturity. Very composed, extremely vigorous, very lovely concentrated, subtle flavours. Real depth and dimension here. Yes, finally ready. Now à point on the palate. Fullish. The tannins now well absorbed. Indeed no hard edges. The wine is very complex., marvellously harmonious and very, very long on the palate. Sweet finish. Sublime! A splendid wine. A great Hermitage.'

'From a famous vintage for Hermitage, greatness in a glass of wine. A deeply colored, thick yet elegant blockbuster, this 21-years-old red has reached that seamless level of balance – ripe fruit, clean acidity, smooth tannins. So sit back for a vinous ride through exciting mineral, plum, blackberry, cassis, horse stable and roasted nut loops. Drink now through 2020.' (99)

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