Rhône Valley

Paul Jaboulet Aîné, La Chapelle, Hermitage 2013

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Tasted at Château La Lagune, owner Caroline Frey's Bordeaux outpost. One of the legendary wines from Hermitage Hil, La Chapelle comes from pretty much the only spot on the Rhone's Left Bank where you find granite, along with the classic galet stones. The Jaboulet style is to blend their plots from across the hill, resulting in the stunning power of this wine. The complexity here is of the kind that reveals a truly great wine. There are so many things happening, graphite, slate, fleshy layers of blackberry fruits that collide immediately afterwards by a tightly controlled edge of tannins, then the whole thing finishes slowly, cleanly. Incredible. Read more
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97 POINTS
Jane Anson - Decanter Magazine

Tasted at Château La Lagune, owner Caroline Frey's Bordeaux outpost. One of the legendary wines from Hermitage Hil, La Chapelle comes from pretty much the only spot on the Rhone's Left Bank where you find granite, along with the classic galet stones. The Jaboulet style is to blend their plots from across the hill, resulting in the stunning power of this wine. The complexity here is of the kind that reveals a truly great wine. There are so many things happening, graphite, slate, fleshy layers of blackberry fruits that collide immediately afterwards by a tightly controlled edge of tannins, then the whole thing finishes slowly, cleanly. Incredible.

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94 POINTS
James Suckling

Plenty of pepper on the nose. This has a striking, granitic influence with graphite, black stones, beef fat and sweet spices, as well as plenty of star anise and dark, rich plums. The palate has rich, deep fleshy fruit that has really filled out nicely. Tannins are fine and gently grippy. There's plenty of dark plum flesh with some mocha and chocolate, too. Acidity is bright. Drinking well now, but will shine from 2025.

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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 2013 vintage Winter is regularly and alternatively swept by rainfalls and frost. Spring is wet and cold. The vineyard has some difficulties to start growing. The blooming happens with a two weeks delay. The yield has been cut by 30%. Finally, the heat is coming in July. Unfortunately, at the same time, we had some hailstorms on the vineyard in the southern part of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation. August is very sunny. Despite this fact, we start picking two weeks later than the average, until the 12th of October, just before the autumn rainfalls start. Tasting notes The Méal parcel brings all the richness of its constitution here: the bouquet bursts from the glass delivering accents of blackcurrant, liquorice nuanced with a touch of Sichuan pepper. The palate perfectly combines aromatic intensity and tannic finesse, making this wine one of France’s absolute benchmarks for 2013! Decant 2 hours before serving.

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International Marketplace Product: Estimated dispatch from Sydney warehouse: Aug 30th, 2024


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