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Date Printed: 7/31/2014
Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2004
Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2004
(search item no. 95497)
boutique wine
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $155.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Ruby-red. Intense spice and floral notes lift the deep cassis, dark cherry and cured tobacco aromas. Wild, gamey and sweet, with deep flavors of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, bitter licorice root and espresso framed by strong tannins. A solidly built if rather brooding La Chapelle that will require plenty of patience. Give this a decade in the cellar, at least"
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
92 Points

"Shows prominent herb and tobacco notes, but has the density of fruit for balance, with fleshy layers of black currant and raspberry. The dark, ripe finish shows graphite and licorice notes, with solid grip. Drink now through 2015." Wine Spectator
92 Points

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About Paul Jaboulet and Aine:

Paul Jaboulet Aîné has been a trend-setting grower and shipper in the Rhône since 1834. The Jaboulet company was founded by Antoine Jaboulet, and his twin sons, Paul and Henri continued to expand the family business. The elder son ("aîné" in French), Paul, established the company in its present form and gave it his own name. Since then, the company has been run by successive generations of sons from that side of the Jaboulet family.

The House of Paul Jaboulet Aîné is one of the Rhône’s most recognizable wineries. The reputation of Jaboulet wines rests on the quality of the well-situated and well-tended vineyards, on low yields, careful vinification, and diligent aging in oak casks. The Jaboulet family prefers carefully integrated oak aging, in which the influence of wood is never allowed to become excessive. Since this is an important point, they have their own cooper who makes and maintains their stock of barrels.

Jaboulet wines symbolize robustness and elegance, essential qualities of great wines. Their crown jewel is their Hermitage "La Chapelle" which Clive Coates states "is one of the great red wines of the world." Thomas Matthews of Wine Spectator has singled out Jaboulet as a producer which "offers reliable wines across the entire range of appellations (in the northern and southern Rhône)."