2003: 96pts – Wine Spectator; 96pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
Medium ruby garnet with delicate purple reflections. Ripe strawberry fruit, candied orange zest, already developed, some herbal notes in the background. Medium-bodied, red berry fruit, freshly structured, with a mineral finish, a pleasant accompaniment to dishes that has already reached its first maturity.
2005: 93pts – Wine Spectator
Deep blackened ruby. Aromas of peppered cherry mud pie, raspberry tart, black berry fruits and cocoa with a light earthy herby smokey oak backbone followed by a coffee kick. Palate is medium-bodied, creamy and smooth with a rich blackberry jam undertone, black olives and a hint of dry minerals.
2007: 92pts – Wine Spectator
Beautiful aromas of old leather, stewed dark fruits, bacon, forest floor, truffle, vanilla oak and licorice. Pronounced and delightful Syrah markers with velvety tannins. This beauty is great now and will perform very well for the next 10 years at least.
2009: 95pts – Wine Spectator; 98pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
Massive and concentrated, this brooding Syrah effused an earthy perfume with boysenberry, cassis, garrigue and preserved fruit. Savoury texture, firm acidity and ripe tannins underpin its ripe fruit core. Super powerful and intense with a long peppery finish. This needs more age to fully unfurl.
2011: 95pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
Deep opaque ruby with a purple hue. Aromas of cloves, thyme and other spiced herbs, olive tapenade, wet earth, blackberry with a touch of liquorice, cherry, oak and cracked minerals. Medium-bodied with refined, silky tannins. This wine is complex and wonderfully well integrated, with a strong backbone and a dreamy long finish.
2013: 90pts – Wine Spectator; 95pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
Deep garnet colour and intense aromas of cooked red and dark berries, elegant oak, smoked spices, forest floor (with hints of mushroom), violet and old leather. Full-bodied with smooth tannins, nice persistence and beautiful and elegant flavours. Long powerful finish. Big concentration and huge potential for aging.
History of Paul Jaboulet-Aîné
Paul Jaboulet Aine has been a part of the Rhône Valley wine industry for almost two centuries, beginning with a small plot of land on the hills of Hermitage, before expanding throughout the region. Today, it encompasses more than 100 hectares (250 acres) of vineyards making wines from the northern and southern Rhône, including Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Condrieu and Cornas. The maison was passed through the Jaboulet family until the purchase by the Frey family in 2006. The Paul Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle is the estate’s flagship wine and is one of the most sought-after wines from the Rhône, reaching high prices at auction.
“Because there are no great wines without great grapes”