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Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle 2006

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JAMES SUCKLING

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The estate

It is in Tain-l'Hermitage that the history of the Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné has its source. It was in 1224 that the knight Henri-Gaspard de Sterimberg, returning from the crusades, established himself as a hermit on the hill, next to a small chapel that has become a myth today. He planted a few Syrah vines there; a vine resulting from a cross between an Ardèche grape variety, the Dureza, and a Savoyard grape variety, the Mondeuse.

Since 1834, the Jaboulet family and then the Frey family have cultivated the vines of this sweetly-sounding cuvée: La Chapelle Hermitage.

The vineyard

Domaines Paul Jaboulet Aîné, led by oenologist, winemaker and owner Caroline Frey, promotes all the appellations of the Northern Rhône on 120 hectares of vines from Cornas to Côte-Rôtie. In search of the most beautiful expression of wines and strongly committed to the preservation of the soil and the environment, Caroline converted her entire vineyard to organic farming in 2016. A work of patience with the aim of recreating a harmonious balance with nature to serve the wines. Biodynamics is a continuation of this search for harmony. Numerous tests carried out on the soils, the vine and the wine allow us to observe an improvement in the structure of the soils, an increase in the percentage of mycorrhized roots (fungus that allows the vine to better feed itself with nutrients) and to reduce the doses of sulfur and copper by 30%. In addition, in blind tastings, the wines from biodynamically grown grapes have more freshness and are widely preferred.

The Vintage

A legendary cru... Over centuries, this mythical cru has built its reputation on a single hill, and an epic history. In the beginning, the hill was home to a hermitage founded by Henri Gaspard de Sterimberg in 1224. This knight, returning from the Albigensian Crusade, and weary of bloodshed, asked permission to Blanche of Castille to take refuge from the world on the summit of this granite hill. Soon joined by others, the community began to plant vines...

 

A charming tale, but one that overlooks the fact that the hermitage owes only its name to the hermit: the vineyard has existed since ancient times with the famous wines of Vienne.
La Chapelle comes from the blending of the greatest Western terroirs of the Hermitage. The Roucoules terroir, as well as the generous side of the Méal and Les Greffieux, are complemented by the Bessards deepness and Varogne freshness.

Information

  • Domain Paul Jaboulet Aïné
  • Vineyard Côtes du Rhône Septentrionales
  • Color
    Red
  • Vintage 2006
  • Variety 100% Syrah
  • Culture Biodynamic
  • Alcohol degrees14°
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Tasting Notes

Eye, bouquet, palate

"There is a nice amount of ripe fruit in this wine, as well as plum and blackberry character. It is very floral and fresh with notes of citrus, dried meat and smoke. Structured, it has incredible texture and ultra-fine tannins, but also length and beauty.(...)A forever wonderful wine." James SUCKLING

Temperature

18°

Drinking window

10 to 40 years

Wine and food pairing