JABOULET 'LA CHAPELLE' HERMITAGE

Hermitage. For a long stretch of time in the 18th and 19th centuries it played the supporting role to Bordeaux – the ‘medicine’ for poor vintages in the Médoc. The greatest writer on the subject – John Livingstone-Learmonth* painstakingly traces the many “coincidences” between very good Bordeaux vintages and vintages in which the Bordeaux trade were able to buy large quantities of good quality Hermitage. I couldn’t possibly comment. But “Claret Hermitagé”, was more than an open secret, it even featured on some labels as a sign of quality!

Paul Jaboulet Aîné have been owners at Hermitage since 1889, but pre-WW2 bottles are exceptionally scarce. My fascination with their estate Hermitage ‘La Chapelle’ began in 1992 when it was one of the first top tier French wines I tasted at my university’s wine club – 1985 and 1983 side by side. I still recall the extraordinary combination of sweet blackberry-like fruit, roast meat, herbs and pepper, and an almost honey-like glycerin-laden edge. The richly tannic 1983 was forbidding next to the summery, succulent 1985.

This week I hosted a little vertical of ‘La Chapelle’ in our shop. To be fair, past tastings have revealed some variability in the wines of the 1980s to early 2000s, but on this night everything was shining. Many attendees put in orders for the wines on the spot – when you look at the prices for these mature examples and compare them to, ahem, other regions, they offer a lot of fine wine for your dollar.

Last month I had the chance to visit that iconic hill, take the compulsory tourist snap next to the little chapel, take a look at some different lieus dits within the hill (which, after all, covers some 130ha from southwest to southeast exposure), and take in the scene: Tain-l’Hermitage and the flat vineyards of Crozes-Hermitage to the south, and across the river to Turnon-sur-Rhône and its St.-Joseph syrah-bearing slopes.

After an extensive tour and tasting at Jaboulet’s facilities, I was impressed with the work Caroline Frey and her team have done over the past decade. The whites here are now very fine. And the Hermitage ‘La Chapelle’ is made with precision and painstaking care (and is now a much smaller production/selection). The 2014 I tasted reminded me of some of the classics. I’ve yet to taste the 2015, but they are very proud of it and it has received some rave reviews. We have some available en primeur, including some rare formats. I suggest you secure some, and while you are waiting, try some of the older vintages, ready to drink…

*If you don’t already own a copy of his Wines of the Northern Rhone, you should.

**This offer is valid to private customers only.

 

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88-100
Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
2009 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage 'La Chapelle Blanc'
1500 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 4,000 / BTL 1 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
4,000
Score
WA95
Location
HK
2009 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage 'La Chapelle Blanc'
1500 ml OWC1 HK HKD 4,000 / BTL 1 case available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
4,000
Score
WA95
Location
HK
2009 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage 'La Chapelle Blanc'
3000 ml OWC1 HK HKD 8,800 / BTL 1 case available
Bottle size
3000
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
8,800
Score
WA95
Location
HK
2010 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage 'La Chapelle Blanc'
3000 ml OWC1 HK HKD 7,800 / BTL 2 case available
Bottle size
3000
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
7,800
Score
WA93
Location
HK
1952 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage 'La Chapelle'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 18,000 / BTL 1 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
18,000
Score
-
Location
HK
1966 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage 'La Chapelle'
750 ml OWC6 HK HKD 18,000 / BTL 2 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
12
Btl price (HKD)
18,000
Score
WA94
Location
HK
1982 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage 'La Chapelle'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,200 / BTL 8 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
8
Qty of btl
8
Btl price (HKD)
2,200
Score
WA92
Location
HK
1983 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage 'La Chapelle'
750 ml OC6 HK HKD 1,500 / BTL 3 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
18
Btl price (HKD)
1,500
Score
WA88
Location
HK
1983 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage 'La Chapelle'
750 ml OWC6 HK HKD 1,500 / BTL 1 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
6
Btl price (HKD)
1,500
Score
WA88
Location
HK
1983 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage 'La Chapelle'
1500 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 3,400 / BTL 3 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
3,400
Score
WA88
Location
HK
1988 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage 'La Chapelle'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 1,500 / BTL 20 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
20
Qty of btl
20
Btl price (HKD)
1,500
Score
WA92
Location
HK
1989 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage 'La Chapelle'
750 ml BOTTLE HK-P HKD 2,300 / BTL 6 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
6
Qty of btl
6
Btl price (HKD)
2,300
Score
WA96
Location
HK-P
2009 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage 'La Chapelle'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 1,700 / BTL 9 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
9
Qty of btl
9
Btl price (HKD)
1,700
Score
WA98
Location
HK
2009 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage 'La Chapelle'
750 ml OWC6 HK HKD 1,700 / BTL 2 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
12
Btl price (HKD)
1,700
Score
WA98
Location
HK
2010 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage 'La Chapelle'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 1,500 / BTL 11 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
11
Qty of btl
11
Btl price (HKD)
1,500
Score
WA96+
Location
HK
2012 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage 'La Chapelle'
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 980 / BTL 11 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
11
Qty of btl
11
Btl price (HKD)
980
Score
WA97
Location
HK
2015 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage 'La Chapelle'
750 ml OWC6 EP HKD 1,400 / BTL 80 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
80
Qty of btl
480
Btl price (HKD)
1,400
Score
WA97-100
Location
EP
2015 Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage 'La Chapelle'
1500 ml OWC3 EP HKD 3,200 / BTL 10 case available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
10
Qty of btl
30
Btl price (HKD)
3,200
Score
WA97-100
Location
EP
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