The 2020 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle is a captivating and powerful red wine from the renowned Hermitage appellation in the Northern Rhone region of France. Made exclusively from the Syrah grape variety, this wine showcases the exceptional quality and character of the terroir.
In the glass, this wine exhibits a deep, glass-staining purple color, immediately catching the eye and hinting at its intensity. On the nose, it immediately captivates with its complex and alluring aromas. At first, one feels like standing in front of a set of locked gates, as the wine slowly reveals its layers of scents. Notes of smoked bacon, menthol, and licorice develop, intertwining with the tarry depths that make this Hermitage masterpiece truly exceptional.
On the palate, the 2020 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle continues to impress. It showcases huge power and structure without excessive weight, thanks to the wonderful freshness that is beautifully integrated with the tannic backbone. The tannins themselves are finely chiseled and suggest that this wine has decades of aging potential. The flavors on the palate evolve, revealing concentrated black and blue fruit preserves, floral pastille, licorice, and mocha. As the wine slowly stretches out, it becomes deeper and spicier, leaving a lasting impression.
Critics have been astounded by this wine's exceptional quality. James Suckling awarded it an impressive score of 97 points, describing it as a "Hermitage masterpiece." Jeb Dunnuck also recognized its beauty, awarding it 95+ points and praising its purity and balance.
With an alcohol content of 15.0%, this wine possesses the strength and structure to age gracefully. It is crafted from biodynamically grown grapes, further enhancing its authenticity and sense of place.
The 2020 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle is a true gem from the Rhone region, showcasing the elegance, power, and complexity that has made Hermitage wines world-renowned. This is a wine that demands attention and will reward those who have the patience to cellar it for years to come.