2020 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle

Syrah - 750ML
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VN 98 JS 97 JD 95 WA 95 DC 93
VN 98

Vinous, December 2022

(VN 96-98 points) Glass-staining purple. Assertively perfumed cassis, cherry liqueur, fruitcake and floral aromas take on espresso, olive and smoky bacon accents with aeration. Juicy, chewy and energetic on the palate...
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, April 2022

(96-97 points) At first this feels like you’re standing in front of a set of locked gates. Huge power and structure without that much weight, thanks to the wonderful freshness that’s intertwined with the tarry depths of...
JD 95

jebdunnuck.com, December 2022

(95+ points) The flagship 2020 Hermitage La Chapelle was bottled in June and, as usual, comes mostly from the Le Méal lieu-dit but also includes portions from Bessards as well. Deep purple-hued, with wonderful notes of...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2022

(93 - 95 points) After the past several vintages, the 2020 Hermitage La Chapelle will need to add significant richness and concentration if it is to compete at that level. That said, it is still an excellent wine, with...
DC 93

Decanter, October 2021

Measured, fresh and harmonious in 2020, this Chapelle is potent, fairly concentrated and quite savoury in style. Tannins are fine, plentiful, a touch dry, but they give plenty of support for medium- to long-term ageing.


Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Vintage 2020
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 15%

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.

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.