2016 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle

Syrah - 9L
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JS 97

jamessuckling.com, June 2023

A profound nose of dark cherries, blackberries, black olives, earth, dried herbs, grilled meat, some leather and lots of baking spices. Ample and voluptuous with a full body complemented by fine, firm tannins. Layered...
JD 97

jebdunnuck.com, June 2022

The 2016 Hermitage La Chapelle is also brilliant, and certainly up with the crème de la crème in the vintage. Textbook notes of mulled dark fruits, currants, peppery herbs, smoked meat, licorice, and soy give way to a...
WA 96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, November 2018

Sourced from the granitic western portion of the appellation, the 2016 Hermitage La Chapelle features mouthwatering aromas of black olives and charred beef. It's full-bodied and creamy-velvety in texture, incredibly lush...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Vintage 2016
Size 9L
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

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.

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.

Introducing the 2016 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle, a remarkable Syrah from the renowned Rhone region of France. This wine exudes elegance and complexity, showcasing the true essence of the Northern Rhone terroir. With its deep red color, this wine is a visual delight, captivating the eye with its richness and intensity.

Upon the first sip, one is immediately transported to the granitic western portion of the Hermitage appellation. The mouthwatering aromas of black olives and charred beef tantalize the senses, creating a sensory experience like no other. The 2016 Hermitage La Chapelle boasts a full-bodied and creamy-velvety texture that is both luxurious and captivating. Surprisingly, despite its fullness, this wine remains elegantly savory, with subtle notes of leather and spice that dance on the palate.

Renowned wine critic Joe Czerwinski of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate describes this wine as "incredibly lush without being overtly fruity." He praises its long and silky finish, attributing its deliciousness to the granite backbone that ensures its aging potential until 2040. This wine is not to be rushed; it demands patience and appreciation for its evolving complexities.

James Suckling, another esteemed critic, awards the 2016 Hermitage La Chapelle an impressive score of 97. He describes the profound nose of dark cherries, blackberries, black olives, earth, and dried herbs, complemented by hints of grilled meat, leather, and baking spices. The wine's ample and voluptuous body is supported by fine, firm tannins, creating a harmonious and focused flavor profile.

Jeb Dunnuck, also a respected critic, agrees with the sentiment, awarding this wine a score of 97. He praises its textbook notes of mulled dark fruits, currants, peppery herbs, smoked meat, licorice, and soy. Dunnuck predicts that this wine will continue to evolve and shine for 30 years or more, making it a worthy addition to any cellar.

In conclusion, the 2016 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle is a wine of extraordinary character and finesse. Its ability to balance power and elegance is truly remarkable. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for further development, this wine promises an unforgettable experience for all who have the pleasure of indulging in its splendor.