Paul Jaboulet Aine La Chapelle Hermitage 1999, North Rhone, France

Paul Jaboulet Aine La Chapelle Hermitage 1999 Simple Palates Seriously

The last vintage of the nineties marks a decade of inconsistency, stretching in/to the mid-2000s. But in more recent time, the new owners and a new winemaking team have restored the La Chapelle to the heights of its glory day. The 1999 La Chapelle belongs to an era long past, and feels like it belongs in a museum of royal tapestry. It has retained its dark ruby colour, and still offers a developed nose of blackcurrant, dried herbs with a hint of pepper. It still has acidity to keep the mouthfeel fresh, and a minimal dose of tannin structure. The fruit is clearly on its last legs, with a muted finish. Drink now. 88/100.

Still, it was a nice complement for a creamy, mild Jean Faup chevre (from the Pyrénées) I had bought from Spring Street Grocer.

Jean Faup Chevre Bethamle France Simple Palates Seriously

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I am a neuroscience researcher in Melbourne, Australia with a keen interest in wines of the world.
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2 Responses to Paul Jaboulet Aine La Chapelle Hermitage 1999, North Rhone, France

  1. Phill Meyer says:

    It seems such a shame that a wine I revere had fallen by the wayside after the death of a most charismatic man, Gerard Jaboulet (1942-1997), who was responsible for such great vintages as the ’90 and ’78. The ’83 is no slouch either, if a bit hot. I tasted the latest releases last year in the Rhone and they do not have the superior character that was achieved under Gerard’s time as director.
    Phill Meyer

    • Hi Phill,

      thanks for your comments. I personally feel that the ‘new’ version of the La Chapelle is quite different from the old-school traditional beauties like the 1990. (I’ve never had the fortune to try the ’78 or ’61) While the recent vintages are very impressive wines, they somehow do not evoke the same emotion in me. Perhaps it’s a psychological bias since we know the history and story of this winery? Probably, but hard to prove.

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