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1978 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

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SKU: 51789-1978-750

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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.
    Drink Dates: 1999-2020
    Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
    Issue: Dec 15, 1999
  • 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.
    Drink Dates: 2015 - 2040
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
    Issue: Special Report (Sep 2015)
  • Vinous | Rating: 96

    A collection of stunning older northern Rhônes puts a strong exclamation point on this night of fabulous food, wine and conversation. The 1978 La Chapelle from Jaboulet is full of deep, woodsy aromas and flavors. Still, deep, rich and positively explosive in the glass, the 1978 is a real treat to taste and drink. The 1978 remains remarkably youthful, even if it has (understandably) faded just a touch since I tasted it a few years ago.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
    Issue: Dec 2015
  • James Suckling | Rating: 100

    Last year I visited Paul Jaoulet Aîne, and I came away very impressed with the way the estate is headed. After a period of decline in quality, under new ownership the wines are becoming more and more suggestive of older, outstanding vintages. You can view the full report I wrote here, but I thought I’d share a further perfect wine – the 1978 La Chapelle. Today the wine shows an almost smokey character on the nose with so many dried plums, pepper and meat. The palate, meanwhile, is incredibly supple with round and velvety tannins and wondrous, sexy fruit. Unquestionably a perfect wine.
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Sunday, June 12, 2016
  • Jeb Dunnuck | Rating: 100

    The 1978 Hermitage La Chapelle remains one of the benchmark wines of the world and is always an incredible treat to taste. It’s been fully mature for the past decade or more and offers an incredible array of sweet red and black fruits, barbecue smoke, cured meats, licorice, Asian spices, and coffee. Deep, powerful, and layered, it’s tastes like a hypothetical mix of the 1990 and 1961, showing the purity and freshness of the 1990 and the smoke, meaty, powerful character of the 1961. Incredibly full-bodied, beautifully pure, magically textured, and as profound as wine gets, I wish I could pour sound bottles of this for every reader. It’s not going to get any better, and my advice is to drink up, but it’s going to hold nicely for some time.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
    Issue: Up From The Cellar #5 & Misc New Releases
  • 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)