Paul Jaboulet Ainé
2017 'La Chapelle' Hermitage DOC
Syrah •La Méal, Les Bessards, Les Rocoules
France: Rhône Valley
Cult Napa Cab, check! Everyday Champagne, check! How is that cellar looking, stocked yet?
Hope you left some room for one of the greatest wines in all of history. You did? Good.
Jaboulet!! If you’ve been waiting for the DEFINITIVE gift for that special someone seriously into wine, this is it.
And maybe you’re looking at that special someone in the mirror? Then treat yourself, to the ultimate luxury red that money can buy.
Especially with this deal, the lowest price in the whole wide world…
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate raves “The glory of Jaboulet is the legendary Hermitage La Chapelle, which is finally reflecting all of the hard work put into the vineyards by the Frey family and the Jaboulet team”. Rightfully so, too. There simply is no other wine more iconic in the Rhône Valley.
So much so that if a bottle of wine had to be picked to represent our planet on an interstellar journey, this would be one of the top candidates. It is that worldly, and otherworldly too.
It is an honor, and a privilege to present to you, at a significant discount. We actually have the press to thank for underrating it 98-99 points, which helped us bring it to you at this price. The savvy know that this is an eventual 100 pointer investment wine, and there is never enough of it to go around…
99 Points – Jeb Dunnuck
“Reminding me of the 2009 La Chapelle (which is a personal favorite), the brilliant 2017 Hermitage La Chapelle knocks it out of the park with its massive, opulent personality. Notes of smoked black fruits, scorched earth, burning embers, and graphite as well as subtle background meatiness flow to a monster of a Hermitage that has full-bodied richness, incredible depth of fruit, and an overwhelming, sexy style that’s already impossible to resist. Do your best to hide bottles for 4-5 years, but it’s going to evolve for 40 years or more. There are roughly 2,000 cases of this elixir, and every Syrah lover out there should have a bottle (or more) in their cellar.”
98 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The 2017 Hermitage La Chapelle comes from the firm’s vineyards on the western half of the Hermitage slope, primarily Le Méal, but with substantial contributions from Les Rocoules and Les Bessards. Classic notes of cassis, black olives, mocha and roasted meat are joined by hints of baking spices in a wine that’s full-bodied, deep, dense and rich, with a velvety texture and a lingering finish. It’s lower in alcohol than the 2018, less voluptuous and maybe just a step behind that monumental wine, but it’s still a serious collectible with three decades of evolution ahead of it.”
98 Points – James Suckling
“The icon is in dangerously seductive form. Such pristine dark cherries, blackberries and dark plums, dark chocolate, finely crushed spices and plenty of crushed dark stones on offer. The palate is very intense, very slick and fine tannins deliver an almost playfully soft impression. The oak is super integrated. Like La Maison Bleue, this approachability is an aberration, as it has immense power, concentration and length with such regal and alluring swagger at the finish. But there is so much more to come. Try from 2024, better after 2030.”
What the Winery Says
- Caroline Frey
- Consulting winemaker
- Denis Dubourdieu
- 100% Syrah
- Hermitage AOC, Northern Rhône
- La Méal, Les Bessards, Les Rocoules
- Gravel (smooth pebbles)
- Vines planted
- Early 1980s
- Plantation density
- 5,000 vines/hectare
- 100% whole cluster
- 12 months
- 20% new French oak