Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle 2011

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Paul Jaboulet Aîné has been a grower and shipper in the Rhône Valley since 1834. The Jaboulet company was founded by Antoine Jaboulet (1807-1864), and his twin sons, Paul and Henri (1846-1892) continued to expand the family business. The elder son ("aîné" in French), Paul, established the company in its present form and gave it his own name. Since then, the company had been run by successive generations of sons from that side of the Jaboulet family, until 2006, when the Frey family bought Jaboulet and its well-situated vineyards. Jaboulet wines symbolize robustness and elegance, essential qualities of great wines. The crown jewel is Hermitage 'La Chapelle,' which Clive Coates asserts 'is one of the great red wines of the world.' Made of 100% Syrah, 'La Chapelle' is made from various top sites in Hermitage in the Northern Rhône, and is ideal to serve with venison, roasts, red meats, and/or flavorful cheeses.

Wine Advocate reports: 'Since 2006, owner Caroline Frey has been steadily pushing for increased quality at this historic estate. Moving all of the vineyards to sustainable farming (which takes years to see benefits), both the vineyard and cellar staff have been doubled. In addition, a new gravity operated cellar was set up in 2010. All of this shows, and across the board, the wines have impeccably made, clean and pure profiles.'
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Brand Paul Jaboulet Aine
  • js97

James SucklingA gorgeous intensity of plum, spice and grilled meat on the nose. Cloves and hints of dried spices. This is a big, structured La Chapelle. Full and powerful with chewy tannins and a long, long finish. A bit austere and muscular but gorgeous. Tar, spice and asphalt. Needs to be aged for at least another five or six years. This is another 1991 in the making.

  • wa95

Wine AdvocateMore dense, concentrated and structured, the knockout 2011 Hermitage La Chapelle, which comes mostly from the warmer, Le Meal lieu-dit, is up with the top 7-8 wines in the vintage. Offering up layers of black raspberry, powdered rock, chocolate, roasted meats and graphite, it flows onto the palate with full-bodied richness, solid mid-palate depth and masses of fine tannin that are sweet and polished. Reasonably approachable given the wealth of fruit and texture, it should nevertheless be given a handful of years in the cellar. It should have 20+ years of total longevity.

Jeb Dunnuck, December 2013