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Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage Chapelle 2017 released – “a magical wine in the making”
Last week, Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage Chapelle 2017 was released in the UK at £1,390 per 12×75 – the same release price as the 2016 vintage, which has since slightly dipped in value.
The Wine Advocate’s Joe Czerwinski awarded the 2017 a barrel range of 97-99 points. In his tasting note, he asked if the “great La Chapelle” will reach “that elusive triple-digit score” as it evolves in bottle.
Jeb Dunnuck also reviewed the wine (95-97 points) and commented on its great aging potential. He compared it to the 2009 and said it was “incredibly sexy”, “fresh, vibrant, and layered, with a flamboyant style”. Indeed, buyers might also find value in the 2009, which is currently available at £1,420 per 12×75 and offers ten years of bottle age.
Despite its higher price, followers of Dunnuck might also be interested in the 2015 vintage, which he described as “the finest wine from this estate in close to 30 years”. After scoring it a perfect 100 points, the wine saw a flurry of activity and traded at all-time high of £1,994 per 12×75. Paul Jaboulet Aine presents plenty of exciting opportunities.
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.
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.