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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.

Soil:
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.
Vinification: 
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.  
Ageing: 
La Chapelle is aged in wood in our ancient “VINEUM” cellar for 15 to 18 months. During this process the wines are also racked.
Yield: 
Low yields of 10 to 18 hl/ha.

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Wine Information

The total harvest of the Côtes du Rhône wines is 1,932,971 Hl.
In the northernmost part, the grape harvests began on the 16th. September and finished on the 6th. October.
A good Autumn. Winter is very wet and snowy ( typical wintry weather). The Spring is wet too. In early June the warm weather breaks out. Flowering goes well. This fine weather lasts until the harvest, with a little rain in early September. The fine weather continues throughout the harvest.
All being said and done, in order to have a good season and produce great wines, what matters is not the Autumn, the Winter, or the Spring, but to have a warm July and August, with a little rain at the maturation of the grapes, and good weather for the harvest. That’s the recipe! This vintage turns out to be an exceptional year in terms of quality, both for red and white, with an average harvest.
The reds have a deep colour, very distinguished tannins, and a good acidic base.
They are keeping wines “par excellence”.

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Tasting note

color

Deep, Brick red and Healthy

ending

Long, Smooth and Round

flavors

Cranberry, Raspberry, Licorice, Tar, Apricot and Cherry

nose

Complex, Seductive, Generous and Youthful

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Well-Integrated, Multi-dimensional, Developing, Full-bodied, Elegant, Firm, Vivid and Silky tannins

Verdict

Exotic and Excellent

Written Notes

Pale ruby, brick rim, super elegant, some herbal and peppery notes, red and dark fruit, beautifull balance, fresh acidity, seductive and vibrant as few, ripe tannins almost gone, great structure, long length. Why on earth do Jaboulet not make this wine in this style anymore, that is a sign of insanity. 93

  • 93p
Very aromatic wine with some roasted and candied coffee beans, earthiness, baked beetroots and some varnish. The first nose has peculiar apricoty aromas reminding of botrytised sweet wine aromas. The palate shows more robust flavours with some green and rustic tunes.
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Origin

Hermitage, Rhône

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