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1978 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

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  • 99 WS
  • 95 JR
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SKU: 51789-1978-750-3A

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 19

    ÿAnd, with fish and seaweed-inspired vegetables, came an even more famous wine, La Chapelle in a great vintage made when G‚rard Jaboulet was in his prime and his family company also, arguably. We had one magnum and one bottle to go around, and everyone seemed besotted by whichever size they were served, which is surely a good thing.ÿI was served the magnum and found it a little more complex than the bottle. It reminded me of polished leather and the sinews you see in a thoroughbred horse, yet it was wonderfully pure and fresh - probably the most impressive example of this wine I have come across. There was a very faintly medicinal note to it but it was also breezy and confident. I couldn't help being reminded of the sailboats I had been able to see on the sea from my seat before darkness fell. It was remarkable to think that this immensely nuanced wine was made without any barrique influence.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 10/28/2009
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 99

    A famous vintage for Hermitage. Greatness in a glass of wine. A deeply colored, thick yet elegant blockbuster, this 21-year-old red shows no sign of getting old. Instead, it has reached that seamless level of balance--ripe fruit, clean acidity, smooth tannins. So sit back for a vinous ride through exciting mineral, plum, blackberry, cassis, horse stable and roasted nut loops.--La Chapelle vertical.
    Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    As heavenly and profound as it gets, the still youthful-colored 1978 Hermitage la Chapelle exhibits an insane bouquet of sweet cassis, truffle, smoked meats and licorice. Full-bodied, multidimensional, decadent and massive on the palate, with a stacked mid-palate and still present, sweet tannin, it tastes like a mix of the more fruit-loaded '90 and the more evolved, smoky and soy-laced '61. You could easily run out of adjectives describing this beauty, but it's a perfect wine any way you look at it. I see no reason to hold off, and it's drinking perfectly for my palate today, but it certainly won't fall off a cliff anytime soon.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Self | Rating: 98

    An incredible wine, still vibrant these many years later, smoky but subtle.
    Author: Stephen G41
The Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine has seen a change of hands over the past decade, but the history goes back to a single winemaking family. As the Rhone region gained in popularity through the 1900s, the Frey family began courting the estate. The Freys had made their name in Champagne and as the owners of Bordeaux's Chateau La Lagune; they wanted to revamp the Jaboulet estate as they had done for estates in other French appellations.

Under the direction of Caroline Frey, they have succeeded, using strictly biodynamic techniques to produce the finest wines. The excellence of Paul Jaboulet Elder wines based on fruits high quality, enhanced by the careful vinification and aging of great finesse. For the finest appellations of the Rhone Valley, it is in the purest expression of terroir wines are born, their balance, complexity, longevity.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 294 bottles owned
  • 51 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 98
    (Out of 51 collectors)