Paul Jaboulet Ainé

Paul Jaboulet Ainé Hermitage La Chapelle 1999

R2,995

The Icon of Paul Jaboulet Ainé, famed La Chapelle – depth, concentration and Hermitage at its best, with 1999 entering its maturity window

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Curated Selection

Top Rated, Organic & Biodynamic, Women in Wine

Grape Variety

Rhone Blend, Syrah

Producer

Paul Jaboulet Ainé

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

1999

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Rhone Valley

Critics Top Rating

93 points

Story

Story

The Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné was created in 1834 through the magical conjunction of a fertile land on a hillside by the Rhone and a family with a passion for winemaking.

Famed through the Hermitage La Chapelle, over the years the Domaines Paul Jaboulet Aîné took ownership of the finest appellations of the northern Rhone Valley, applying organic and biodynamic principles since taken over by the Frey family, ensuring a legacy in both vineyards and incredible wines.

A legendary cru… Over centuries, this mythical cru has built its reputation on a single hill, and an epic history. In the beginning, the hill was home to a hermitage founded by Henri Gaspard de Sterimberg in 1224. This knight, returning from the Albigensian Crusade, and weary of bloodshed, asked permission to Blanche of Castille to take refuge from the world on the summit of this granite hill. Soon joined by others, the community began to plant vines… A charming tale, but one that overlooks the fact that the Hermitage owes only its name to the hermit: the vineyard has existed since ancient times with the famous wines of Vienne.

Specifications

Specifications

Soil – The Syrah vines are planted in poor and very diverse terroirs. The Bessards with very uneven granite soils, Le Meal with limestone and silica and the Rocoules with limestone and clay. It is the richness of these different exclusive terroirs which provide the La Chapelle with its signature complexity.

Grape Variety – 100% Syrah, goblet pruning on stakes

Age of vines – 40 to 60 years

Vinification – At a perfect maturity, the Syrah grapes are picked by hand, carried in small crates to the winery. They are hand sorted, destemmed and lightly crushed. The maceration on the skin lasts 3 to 4 weeks with daily pump-overs.

La Chapelle is ageing in oak in our cellars for 15 to 18 months. French Oak barrels are renewed 20% every year. The final blend is done after the end of the ageing and done through judicious selection from the terroirs of Hermitage in order to give ‘La Chapelle’ its own personality of power, ageing potential and legend.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Medium deep red-ruby. Roasted, tarry red fruits, animal fur, and chocolate on the nose, as vibrant and vinous as a barrel sample. Extremely lush and concentrated, and already highly aromatic in the mouth, with notes of red and black fruits, roasted nuts, spices, chocolate, and tobacco. Beautifully integrated acidity. Finishes very long, with substantial, very fine tannins. A super vintage for this top Hermitage bottling.

Food pairing – Tournedos Rossini, Braised veal sweetbread with morels, Roast squab, and cépes.

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Vinous – 93 points

Medium-deep red-ruby. Roasted, tarry red fruits, animal fur and chocolate on the nose; as vibrant and vinous as a barrel sample. Extremely lush and concentrated, and already highly aromatic in the mouth, with notes of red and black fruits, roasted nuts, spices, chocolate and tobacco. Beautifully integrated acidity. Finishes very long, with substantial, very fine tannins. A superb vintage for this top Hermitage bottling. Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, January 2002


Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 90-92 points

This estate’s flagship wine, Hermitage La Chapelle, merits its world-renowned reputation. The promising 1999 Hermitage La Chapelle exhibits an impressive purple color as well as a dense, sweet bouquet of minerals, cassis, licorice, and spice box. Full-bodied and concentrated, it is not a blockbuster, but it is beautifully knit, with layered cassis flavors. Although soft at present, there are abundant quantities of underlying tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2020.

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