Price:  £152.00 | Case Rate: £144.17
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Paul Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage La Chapelle 2012


  • Country: France
  • Wine Region: Rhône
  • Wine Area: Northern Rhône
  • Wine Maker: Jacques Desvernois
  • Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2023
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 88 (2005) WA: 90 (2007) JS: 94 (2007)

Wine tasting notes

Intense, deep ruby red in colour, with dark cherry highlights. On the nose it is incredibly intense and concentrated. Perfumes of blackberry and spice dominate, giving way to tightly knit oak and fruit characters with ripe tannins and a long, spicy finish. This vintage is a very good vintage.

Winery Information

Paul Jaboulet Aine

The Jaboulet family started working the land in the Rhone region in 1834. The generations continued to succeed one another until Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine was acquired by the owners of Chateau La Lagune in Bordeaux, the Frey family, in 2006. Although lauded for wines like Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert and the famous Hermitage La Chapelle, winemaker Caroline Frey has been receiving excellent reviews for her wines from the Southern Rhone region. From a robust Vacqueyras, to Chateauneuf.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2005)88 pts

Wine Advocate # 175. Feb 2008. Reviewer : Robert Parker. Based on barrel samples, I had high hopes for the 2005 Hermitage La Chapelle, but it lacks a mid-palate and possesses hard tannins. However, there are some interesting creme de cassis, licorice, and earthy notes. But the wine's hardness and leanness may prove troublesome after another 5-6 years of bottle age.

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2007)90 pts

The 2007 Hermitage La Chapelle is a pretty, dark ruby/plum-colored effort displaying aromas of camphor, loamy soil, pepper, herbs and red and black fruits. Medium to full-bodied, soft, round and expansive, it is an endearing Hermitage to enjoy over the next decade. The dramatic differences between the 2007 and 2009 are remarkable when these two wines are tasted side by side.

James Suckling (2007)94 pts

Dec, 2014. This is so perfumed with strawberry, spices, meat and light earth. Then changes to cloves, dried flowers such as violets, and perfume. Full body with super-fine tannins, almond, berry, light spice and hints of lightly grilled meat. A wonderful, satisfying wine that's all about balance and refinement. Just beginning to open now.

Vinification Notes

The grapes were hand-picked by individual plot into ventilated 20kg crates and were sorted by hand, destemmed and crushed on arrival at the winery. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, followed by maceration lasting 3-4 weeks. The wine was aged for 18 months in oak casks and racked every four months. The best wines from the individual plots go into the La Chapelle blend.