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Hermitage "La Chapelle" 1994, Paul Jaboulet Aîné, 13% vol, 75cl

Hermitage “La Chapelle” 1994, Paul Jaboulet Aîné, 13% vol, 75cl

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“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.


A rare chance to taste this fine old classic.