1999 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)

France, Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Red Wine, Rhône, Syrah

So good…This wine had it all…Intense, yet restrained. Wonderful fruit yet amazing acidity. Tons of nuances like leather, olive tapenade, roasted meat juice, underbrush, gaminess. Layers upon layers of flavors and aromas. Blackberry, cherry, black pepper. Finish won’t quit. My favorite La Chapelle after the mind blowing 1990.

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2 thoughts on “1999 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)”

  1. Winetex says:

    Yep, this was very good. It is interesting to me that the CT scores and reviews sounded almost like a different wine. The CT scores are on the low end. Was this bottle very good or is it an expectation thing?


  2. Winetex. I think there are a few reasons why this wine gets panned regularly:

    1) RP has been giving it low scores for what's in the bottle (IMO). That affects the score of CT users.

    2) Many people don't drink the wine in the right “window”.

    3) Many people don't “get” or “understand” Syrah like this…they are expecting a monster of 1990 proportions only to find this lithe and elegant wine. To many that's a turn-off.

    4) Storage can be an issue with Rhone wines.

    5) Last but not least, Jaboulet has reportedly had issues with bottle variation, so we could have had a much better than average bottle…


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