Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle 2019

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(98-100) The Wine Advocate

This monumental effort from the team at Jaboulet is most likely the next 100 point wine from this storied estate. I wouldn’t wait to find out! We have a solid allocation but it won’t last forever, and if the perfect score becomes reality, you won’t see this price for long. The Wine Advocate calls it like this: "Might this be the next vintage of La Chapelle to crack triple digits? Knockout aromas of crushed stone, violets, blueberries, and cassis mark the nose of the 2019 Hermitage La Chapelle, while the full-bodied palate is undeniably more intense and powerful than the more elegant 2018. Rich and velvety, it coats the mouth with dark fruit and creamy-textured espresso, yet retains remarkable length and licorice-derived peppery freshness on the finish. Wow!"

Perhaps no other wine has given me as many great experiences over the years as Jaboulet’s iconic Hermitage La Chapelle. It has included three perfect 100 point wines, including drinking the legendary 1961 with a group of MWs in London the year I passed, the mind-blowing 1978, and the 1990 in large format.

It was heartbreaking to see the fall from grace of this great estate after the untimely death of Gerard, but equally heartwarming to see its renaissance under the loving care of the Frey family. Today, the wines are back in all their glory, with the 2019 flirting with the first perfect score since 1990.

Perhaps my favorite memory, after the 1961 in London, was lunch with Gerard just before he passed, at Park and Orchard – itself an iconic spot in the wine world, known for its insane wine list and the owners’ resistance to raising prices. I had purchased a 3-liter bottle of the 100 point 1990, and brought it with me to get signed. After the lunch I told Gerard I had a bottle I wanted to sign, and asked if I could bring it in. "Bien sur!" was the hearty reply, and so I went and dragge the monster bottle in, still in its wooden box. Gerard almost fell off his chair – amazed he asked "Où as tu trouvé ça??), as only a few double mags had ever been made. He took the sharpie, scribbled out "2035!", and signed his name. Turns out he had just tasted it a week or so before, with Clive Coates MW, and that’s when Clive said he should drink it. The 2019 promises to be in the same vein, delivering decades of pleasure. Don’t miss out. Sorry, no large formats available. Cheers, Chris

$179.97

Description

Country: France
Region: Hermitage
Variety: Syrah

(98-100) Wine Advocate – 96-98+ Jeb Dunnuck

Wine advocate (98-100) – “Might this be the next vintage of La Chapelle to crack triple digits? Knockout aromas of crushed stone, violets, blueberries, and cassis mark the nose of the 2019 Hermitage La Chapelle, while the full-bodied palate is undeniably more intense and powerful than the more elegant 2018. Rich and velvety, it coats the mouth with dark fruit and creamy-textured espresso, yet retains remarkable length and licorice-derived peppery freshness on the finish. Wow!”

 

(96-98+) Jeb Dunnuck – “Compared to the La Maison Bleue, the 2019 Hermitage La Chapelle is more closed, tight, and primary, with a focused, full-bodied style that carries impressive black and blue fruits, graphite, bloody meat, and ample minerality. Structured and tannic, yet wonderfully concentrated and pure, it’s not for those seeking instant gratification, but it’s another stunning Hermitage in the making.”

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