Rhône Valley

Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle 2006

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Glass-staining ruby. Powerful scents of red and dark berry preserves, smoked meat, violet and minerals offer impressive clarity and expand in the glass. Velvety in texture, with deep, liqueur-like red berry flavors, gentle tannins and a strong undercurrent of lively minerals. The smoky note repeats strongly on the lush, seductively sweet finish. Extremely appealing even now, but this really deserves a chance to sleep for at least another decade. Read more
Critic Reviews
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93 POINTS
Josh Raynolds - Vinous

Glass-staining ruby. Powerful scents of red and dark berry preserves, smoked meat, violet and minerals offer impressive clarity and expand in the glass. Velvety in texture, with deep, liqueur-like red berry flavors, gentle tannins and a strong undercurrent of lively minerals. The smoky note repeats strongly on the lush, seductively sweet finish. Extremely appealing even now, but this really deserves a chance to sleep for at least another decade.

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91 POINTS
Wine Spectator

Tightly wound, with a core of braised fig, currant paste and coffee notes held in check by iron and tar. There's rather muscular grip for the vintage, and the long finish shows slightly taut tannins but is a bit shy on depth. Should unwind with cellaring. Best from 2010 through 2018. 2,250 cases made.

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90 POINTS
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate

Jaboulet-Aine’s flagship wine is their Hermitage La Chapelle (their most recent great La Chapelle is the still young and evolving 1990). The 2006 Hermitage La Chapelle is a good wine, although it is disappointing for this extraordinary icon. It offers a deep ruby/purple hue along with aromas of berry fruit interwoven with crushed rocks and cassis. While elegant and attractive, it is undernourished and lacking the gravitas and density one expects from this great name. I have previously documented the decline in quality at this estate following the tragic death of Gerard Jaboulet. That ended in the unexpected sale of Paul Jaboulet-Aine to the Frey family that has done such brilliant work at Bordeaux’s Chateau La Lagune, and are major shareholders in the superb Champagne house of Billecart-Salmon. No doubt they will resurrect the reputation and the quality of the Jaboulet wines, as this was the leading estate in the northern Rhone during the sixties, seventies, and eighties. The Freys have already made some dramatic changes, moving toward eliminating the negociant line of wines, and concentrating exclusively on estate bottled offerings. They own over 120 acres in the northern Rhone as well as 14+ acres in the southern Rhone. The following offerings reflect the recent changes and a work in progress, with the 2006s still under-performing (the Frey family was not in a position to do much in that vintage). The 2007s are clearly better, and I believe that in a few years, when the northern Rhone has its next great vintage, consumers will see a dramatic increase in quality as the new owners have already brought in the world-famous oenologist, Professor Denis Dubourdieu as a consultant. Any readers who have some of the old vintages of Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert in their cellars should be checking them out. The 1978 and 1990 are still brilliant wines, but neither the 2006 or the 2007 will invoke memories of those wines.

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90 POINTS
Jeb Dunnuck

The first vintage where the new team was firmly in place, the 2006 Hermitage la Chapelle offers that classic, smoky, meaty La Chapelle bouquet to go with loads of fruits, medium to full-bodied richness, impressive mid-palate density and sweet tannin. This was easily the best showing I’ve had from this bottle, which often shows a much more rustic, evolved character.

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Winemakers Note

La Chapelle, a legendary wine Since 1919, on these steep, stony hillsides where only the hand of man can intervene, the Jaboulet family and then the Frey family have succeeded one another in cultivating the vines of this now legendary cuvée, La Chapelle Hermitage. A unique terroir named "Hermitage Hill" Taking advantage of a rock fault, the force of the Rhône River isolated this unique granite hill from the Massif Central, exiling it to the alpine side… Over thousands of years, time worked its magic. The Alpine uplift, the river’s course, glaciers, and winds enriched the depths of the hill with an exceptional diversity of soils. Derived from the most rocky parcels of Méal, Bessards, Rocoules, and Greffieux (with vines ranging from 40 to 100 years old), the perfect balance and depth of La Chapelle can only be found in the final blend of origins, thus revealing the wine’s own genius. Each terroir brings its aromatic characteristics, as well as the elegance of the tannin structure, which give this wine an exceptional aging potential. Discover Domaine de La Chapelle: https://youtu.be/XrHWqv6ysDo The 2006 vintage Weather conditions 2006 was an almost perfect year for producing a great vintage in the Rhône Valley. With a cold, dry winter, ideal for the vines to rest, and a relatively wet, mild spring, the conditions were perfect for good bud-break and rapid growth of the young shoots. During the summer, drought alternated with milder periods and cool nights in August. These conditions favoured optimal ripening, silky tannins and a well-structured balance, with perfectly healthy grapes. Tasting notes he nose is salivating and deep, with subtle notes of oriental spices, black truffle, blackberry, cedar and sultana. The well-supported tannins give way to an intense velvetiness that lingers sensually. The structure strikes a balance between dense, powerful substance and a diversity of mature aromas.

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