“La Chapelle” is named after the little chapel of Saint-Christophe that sits high up on the hill above Tain overlooking the terraced vineyards of the l’Hermitage. Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné has been the sole owner of this site since 1919.
100% Syrah from old vines (40-60 years). The yields are very low (10 – 15 hectolitres / hectare). The grapes are brought down from the slopes of l’Hermitage on small sledges, after which they were sorted by hand and vinified traditionally in Jaboulet’s winery.
The wine was aged in wood for 15 months.
1994 was a mixed year – a wet and cold spring was followed by a hot summer. August was spotted with showers right up to the harvest. The rain spoilt what might have been a great vintage, but the grapes had a hard, thick skin, thanks to the hot summer, which allowed Jaboulet to make some fine wines.
Dark ruby in appearance with a touch of brown on the rim. The nose is full of red fruit, cherry and spice aromas with a hint of earthiness and leather. The palate is opulent with red fruits, spice and earth supported by firm tannins and fresh acidity. The finish is long with a hint of sweetness.
This fine property comprises a beautiful 19th century house, parkland and some 15 hectares of vineyard. Under British ownership from 2000 until recently, a huge amount of investment has gone in to restoring not only the house but also the vineyards and cellars. The results of this are plain to see.
Produced from 20 year old vines, the grapes are hand picked and carefully sorted in the vineyard. Fermentation is in temperature-controlled cement vats for a period of 3-4 weeks followed by 12 months ageing in oak, 60% of which is new.
The 2009 is a classic Bordeaux vintage, very dark in appearance with a nose full of ripe fruit and elegant cedar notes. The palate is dry and broad with restrained cassis flavours, a touch of liquorice and warm spicy notes. The tannins are soft but support the wine well into the long finish.
**An Impériale – 6 litres, or the equivalent to 8 bottles – in an individual, branded wooden box.**
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