1997 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle
Syrah - 15L

  • IWC 96
  • WE 96
  • WA 93
  • JS 92

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IWC 96
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 1999
Deep saturated ruby. Mute nose hints at cassis violet and woodsmoke. Huge and primary in the mouth; the palate is inundated by a wave of almost confectionery fruit. But there also firm acidity and powerful underlying... Deep saturated ruby. Mute nose hints at cassis violet and woodsmoke. Huge and primary in the mouth; the palate is inundated by a wave of almost confectionery fruit. But there also firm acidity and powerful underlying structure. Very fresh and unevolved for the vintage but harmonious from the start. Utterly seamless. Finishes with lush melting tannins. An extraordinary showing for this wine and as impressive as any '97 Hermitage I tasted in early December.
WE 96
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, November 1999
A wine that sells for around $100 a value? Yes when it has the pedigree of La Chapelle and the intensity of this particular wine. The best wine to come from Jaboulet since the awe-inspiring 1990. And yes in these days of... A wine that sells for around $100 a value? Yes when it has the pedigree of La Chapelle and the intensity of this particular wine. The best wine to come from Jaboulet since the awe-inspiring 1990. And yes in these days of newly released $250+ first-growth Bordeaux a value.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2000
The 1997 Hermitage La Chapelle has begun to completely close down which is surprising in view of how sweet seductive and precocious this vintage can be. However the color seems to get deeper with exposure to air (the wine... The 1997 Hermitage La Chapelle has begun to completely close down which is surprising in view of how sweet seductive and precocious this vintage can be. However the color seems to get deeper with exposure to air (the wine was far more drinkable after 24 hours of aeration than it was upon opening). The moderately intense bouquet exhibits plenty of ripe blackberry and cherry fruit in addition to spicy mineral characteristics. There is considerable weight and volume but the wine is tight and nearly impenetrable leaving an impression of a large deep four-square monolith in need of 7-10 years of cellaring - at the minimum. This is an outstanding Hermitage La Chapelle that will have at least three decades of positive evolution. For readers intent on committing infanticide open and decant it 12-24 hours in advance. The improvement is dramatic. Perhaps it is Jacques Jaboulet's preference to bottle with very high levels of CO2 (1200 ppm) that makes this wine so difficult to taste in its youth. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025
JS 92
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, December 2014
Pungent, decadent aromas of aged beef, foie gras and dark fruits follow through to a full body with dried-dark-fruit, prune and raisin flavors and hints of pepper. So rich and opulent now with character of earth, dust and... Pungent, decadent aromas of aged beef, foie gras and dark fruits follow through to a full body with dried-dark-fruit, prune and raisin flavors and hints of pepper. So rich and opulent now with character of earth, dust and hot pebbles in the sun on the finish that holds together this very ripe-styled La Chapelle. Needs drinking now.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Vintage 1997

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.