Since the early 19th Century, Paul Jaboulet Ainé has been synonymous with quality wine in the Rhône Valley. Jaboulet’s Hermitages - white and red - and most of their upper wines - are the stuff of legend. The famous Rhone winery was bought by the Frey family in 2006. The Freys, owners of Chateau la Lagune in Bordeaux, saw the potential of the vineyards. They brought renewed energy to this corner of France and to one of its greatest names. Since the takeover, Caroline Frey has successfully transformed the entire range, putting more emphasis on greater fruit expression and dramatically reducing the amount of new oak. The only way is up for this transformed domaine.
Jaboulet’s most celebrated wine is its Hermitage La Chapelle, named after the chapel that overlooks this most celebrated of vineyards. Jaboulet have owned the chapel since the end of WWI. It is a true icon of the Northern Rhone and marks where the best of the very best vines are grown.
The diversity of terroirs on the Hermitage slopes gives La Chapelle wine an identity of its own, thanks to the blending of grapes from different plots. The Syrah vines (average age now of 60 years) are planted in rich and varied soils from varing plots/lieux-dits (les Bessards, les Greffieux, le Méal and les Rocoules).
Grapes are brought down from the slopes of l’Hermitage on small sledges, after which they are sorted by hand and vinified traditionally in the wineries. Final blending is carried out during the ageing process and is done through selection of different parcels. La Chapelle is aged in wood in the ancient Vineum cellar for 15 to 18 months, during which times the the wines are also racked.
Highly complex, with aromas and flavours of black fruits and sweet spices. Full and generous, silky tannins and a very long finish. This wine has the potential to age for many decades.