On Sale: $144.94 (was: $174.94)*
There’s little question that since Caroline Frey took the reins at Jaboulet, their lineup of N. Rhone gems has reached new heights. Now “one of the benchmark estates, not only in the Northern Rhone, but also in the world” (Wine Advocate), Jaboulet’s ‘La Chapelle’ is once again, a must-buy in every vintage for Hermitage fans. Todays’ 2005 ‘La Chapelle’ is an extraordinary library offer as it is one of the very first vintages that Caroline Frey oversaw. At 15 years on is a gorgeously mature example of Hermitage, and a symbol of a new chapter at Jaboulet, plus it’s available here for the lowest price in the US!
La Chapelle is a historic cuvee in Hermitage, named for a chapel at the top of the hill, and it blends the best parcels of Jaboulet’s very extensive vineyards. The bulk of the blend comes from Le Méal however, and per the Wine Advocate, “it's this hot terroir that defines this cuvée” yielding a powerfully intense Syrah that can age for many decades. Following the tragic passing of Gerard Jaboulet, the nearly 200 year old estate of Paul Jaboulet Aine had a rough few years, and was sold to the Frey family (La Lagune, Billecart-Salmon). Per Robert Parker, "It did not take long for Caroline Frey to whip this somewhat rudderless...estate into shape.” The Frey family invested heavily in the property, and refocused their efforts towards estate production only, quickly turning things around. La Chapelle is once again an icon of this tiny AOC, and the delightful 2005 is perfectly mature and open for business!
93 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "...Peppery herbs, currants, dried blood and licorice flow beautifully to a medium to full-bodied wine that has lots of tannin, but solid mid-palate depth as well. It has a touch of the savory rusticity found in the 2006, but was still impressive on this occasion..." - Jeb Dunnuck, 2015
93 points, Wine Spectator: "Very juicy, with nice drive to the black currant and boysenberry fruit, which is pushed by dark plum sauce, black licorice and sweet toast notes. The long, fleshy finish shows the polished grip of the vintage. Best from 2010 through 2022."
93 points, Wine Enthusiast: "A big step up from Jaboulet's La Petite Chapelle, this is on a par with some of Jaboulet's past efforts. It's richly concentrated, yet nuanced, with notes of blood and mineral added to ripe cassis fruit and accented by hints of vanilla and spice. The tannins form an almost creamy texture in the mouth, and the finish lingers a good long time. Drink 2012–2025."
*Offer publication date December 21, 2020. Pricing and availability subject to change.