Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle (1.5L) 1991
Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
Intense ruby red color, limpid and bright. Highly complex bouquet, distinguished nose, revealing the Syrah's great finesse. Black fruits, sweet spices and, ultimately, finely woody. Full and generous palate, silky tannins and a very long finish.
"After a hot summer followed by rain at harvest, this 'miracle' vintage produced many gorgeous Northern Rhône Syrahs. Balanced, racy, elegant, fresh and sweet-tasting, with smooth tannins. Medium-bodied, with aromasof leather, roasted nuts, plum and wood smoke bringing a complexity that seduces. "
"Jacques Jaboulet stated that in 1991, the weather was fine until harvest, when it turned damp and gloomy. The saturated dark ruby/purple-colored 1991 La Chapelle is just beginning to reveal secondary nuances, and is far less evolved than the 1994. Aromas of Asian spices, soy, grilled steak, pepper, and blackberries are beginning to emerge. Ripe and dense, with tart acidity (a cool vintage characteristic), it is a medium t full-bodied, concentrated, impressively. It looks to be slightly better than I originally suggested."
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Paul Jaboulet Aîne has been a trend-setting grower and shipper in the Rhone 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 (aîne 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...
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(EHR-me-tahj) and Crozés-Hermitage (krohz EHR-me-tahj)
The hill of Hermitage is something to be seen. It is a hill (just one hill) of only about 300 acres, with carefully terraced vines in granite based-soil. The soils of the hill are plotted to make sure that the best variety is planted in the best plot of soil, and the wines reflect those decisions. The hill is...
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(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...
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