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.
This is Jaboulet's "other" red Hermitage - the one that isn't La Chapelle - and it represents incredible value for the Hermitage buyer. Exel's Business Development man regards this as one of the finest bottles he has (yet) tasted.
The grapes from the various plots of this estate, situated on the Hermitage hill, are vinified separately, right up until the final blending, which takes place one year after the harvest. This is how Jaboulet's create two red Hermitages, La Chapelle and La Petite Chapelle are created. The first vintage of La Petite Chapelle was 2001. The Syrah vines are planted in rich and varied soils with very diverse terroirs (Les Bessards, Les Greffieux, Le Méal and Les Rocoules). It is the richness of these different terroirs that provides La Petite Chapelle with its complexity.
Grapes are brought down from the slopes of l’Hermitage on small sledges, after which they are sorted by hand and vinified traditionally. Final blending is carried out during the ageing process and is done through judicious selection from the different terroirs of l’Hermitage. La Petite Chapelle is aged in wood in Jaboulet's ancient VINEUM cellar for 15 to 18 months. During this process the wines are also racked.
100% Syrah. Vine age is 40 to 60 years.
Deep black cherry colour, attractively bright. Intense and aromatic with sweet spices, floral notes of peonies and very ripe fruit. Powerful and harmonious attack, noble tannins and a very long finish.