Paul Jaboulet Ainé

Paul Jaboulet Ainé Hermitage Petite Chapelle 2012

R995

Perfect introduction to the greatness of Hermitage wines – depth and intense concentration with well balanced seductiveness

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Description

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Additional information

Curated Selection

Top Rated, Organic & Biodynamic, Second Wines, Winter Warmers, Women in Wine

Grape Variety

Rhone Blend, Syrah

Producer

Paul Jaboulet Ainé

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2012

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Formal Entertainment, Indulgence

Wine Region

Rhone Valley

Critics Top Rating

92 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.

The first vintage of this cuvee was 2001, renamed the Maison Bleue from 2015 vintage and takes its name from our little stone house used as a shelter to winegrowers located at the heart of the Murets.

Specifications

Specifications

Grape Variety – 100% Syrah

Winemaking: At perfect maturity, the Syrah grapes are picked by hand and carried in small crates to the winery, the grapes are hand-sorted, destemmed and slightly crushed. The maceration on the skin lasts 3 to 4 weeks with daily pump-overs. La Petite Chapelle is aged in oak in the cellar for 15 to 18 months. Oak barrels are French and are renewed at the level of 20% every year. The final blends are done after the end of the ageing and done through judicious selection from the different terroirs of Hermitage in order to give La Chapelle its own character of softness, texture and balance.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Glass-staining ruby. Bright, mineral-accented red and dark berry aroma are complicated by notes of fresh violet and spice cake. At once concentrated and lithe, offering vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavours that pick up smokiness and sweetness of air. Quite graceful for a young Hermitage, with a light touch that reminds me of Côte-Rotie. Closes spicy and very long with building flora and smooth tannins sneaking in late

Food pairing –  Quail stuffed foie gras, duck breast with cherries, milk-fed lamb en croûte de foin.

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 92 points

While billed as a second wine, there’s nothing inferior about the 2012 Hermitage la Petite Chapelle. A terrific wine in its own right, it offers classic currants, black raspberry, smoked earth, ground herbs and subtle meatiness to go with a ripe, full-bodied, textured and balanced style on the palate. Despite having a slightly upfront style, it has ample mid-palate concentration and building tannin. Drink it over the coming 10-15 years.

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