Paul Jaboulet Ainé Hermitage Petite Chapelle 2014
Perfect introduction to the greatness of Hermitage wines – depth and intense concentration with well balanced seductiveness
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Top Rated, Organic & Biodynamic, Second Wines, Winter Warmers, Women in Wine
Rhone Blend, Syrah
Paul Jaboulet Ainé
Formal Entertainment, Indulgence
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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.
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.
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.
James Suckling – 93 points
7 Sep, 2017 – The last vintage named Petit Chappelle (Maison Bleu from 2015), this has a majestic, dark stony nose with orange rind, dark chocolate and toasty eastern spices as well as wild red plum and cherry fruits. The palate has a roundness, fleshiness and flavors of licorice, dark plum and dark cherry fruits. Impressive composure. Drink from 2018 and beyond.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 91 points
The second wine is the 2014 Hermitage La Petite Chapelle (first introduced in 2004), which tastes similar to its big brother, just in a more rounded, supple and forward style. Cassis, black raspberries, cured meats, toasted spice and roasted herbs aromas and flavors all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, ripe, sexy effort that’s ideal for drinking over the coming 10-15 years.
Caroline Frey and winemaker Jacques Desvernois continue to make a bevy of high quality wines from throughout the Rhône Valley. Both their 2014s and 2013s show the vintage character nicely, and the wines show fresher, more elegant profiles without sacrificing too much density and depth. I’d like a touch more flesh and texture in a few of these latest releases, but there’s no denying the high quality coming from this estate today.