1996 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle
Syrah - 750ML

  • WS 94
  • WA 92
  • IWC 91

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WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 1999
Much more expressive on the nose than the '97--and darker and thicker--adding to the evidence that '96 is a better vintage in the northern Rhône. Delivers a round clean pure mouthfeel of vibrant focused red berry and... Much more expressive on the nose than the '97--and darker and thicker--adding to the evidence that '96 is a better vintage in the northern Rhône. Delivers a round clean pure mouthfeel of vibrant focused red berry and blackberry flavors. Superb balance as it walks a tightrope among the relatively high acidity ripe tannins and delicious fruit. Worth cellaring.--La Chapelle vertical. Best from 2003 through 2015. –PM
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 1997
Jacques Jaboulet believes that 1996 was a better year for this firm than 1995. The renowned Hermitage La Chapelle is a superb wine in both 1996 and 1995. I have a slight preference for the 1996 Hermitage La Chapelle... Jacques Jaboulet believes that 1996 was a better year for this firm than 1995. The renowned Hermitage La Chapelle is a superb wine in both 1996 and 1995. I have a slight preference for the 1996 Hermitage La Chapelle because it tastes richer and it is longer. The 1996 needs 10-12 years of cellaring. The color is a dense black/purple and the wine offers up tight but promising aromas of cassis pepper minerals and soy sauce-like scents. Extremely backward with immense body a chewy texture and mouthsearing levels of acidity and tannin this should turn out to be an outstanding La Chapelle but don't think about enjoying a bottle before 2008. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030. Importer: Frederick Wildman New York NY; tel. (212) 355-0700</P>
IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 1999
Saturated ruby-red. Brooding aromas of cassis spice and woodsmoke along with port-like notes of chocolate and damp earth. Thick silky and a bit roasted in the mouth with chocolate and game flavors. Still in a rather... Saturated ruby-red. Brooding aromas of cassis spice and woodsmoke along with port-like notes of chocolate and damp earth. Thick silky and a bit roasted in the mouth with chocolate and game flavors. Still in a rather oxidative phase as this wine often is in the year or two following the bottling. But has the acidity and strong tannic structure for a long slow evolution in bottle. Very long chewy finish.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Vintage 1996

Label

The name of Hermitage La Chapelle is linked to the little chapel of Saint-Christophe overlooking the terraced vineyards along the Rhone. Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine has been the sole owner since 1919.

Hermitage La Chapelle is a blend of terroirs, including the prestigious hillsides of Meal and Bessards. Each one provides its own aromatic characteristics, as well as an elegant tannin structure, giving the wine great aging potential.

Winery

Paul Jaboulet Aine

For almost two centuries, the Jaboulet family has shared a common passion for the Rhone Valley, its history, its terroir, its exceptional people and wines.

In 1834, Antoine Jaboulet started working the land on the hills of Hermitage. Through his hard work and passion, he was able to produce a wine of exceptional quality. The business was passed on to his sons Henri and Paul, with the latter later giving his name to the company.

Since then, the generations have continued to succeed one another until in January 2006, the Frey family, longstanding winemakers in Champagne and owners of Chateau La Lagune in Bordeaux, acquired Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine thus adding to its portfolio of prestigious names.

The company’s hundred or so hectares of vineyards are tended with the greatest possible care. The wide diversity of terroirs and the influence of micro-climates favor the production of Syrah, the principal variety and the sole red grape, while Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier are used for the white wines.

Jaboulet wines represent generations of hard work and a passion for excellence and these values are adhered to by an unswerving commitment to improving vineyards, and through strategic acquisitions and work in the cellars, while respecting the environment at the same time.