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1989 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

  • 96 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 85 JR
  • 100 JS
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SKU: 51789-1989

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    A torrid summer with little rain and good weather during the harvest led to a Chapelle of immense potential. Burly and not as seamless as the '90, with layers of this wine's typical plum, mineral and blackberry notes. While monolithic like a granite block, all the pieces should come together as it ages.--La Chapelle vertical. 9,000 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2030
    Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
    Issue: Dec 15, 1999
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    en MagnumA bit paler and browner than the 1990, even in a magnum. More obviously ripe, fruity and bloody than the more classic 1990. Super-ripe, even very slightly burnt. Masses of very obvious tannins - so much so that it's not 100 per cent clear that the fruit will outlive them but in bottle this is supposed to have lots more obvious fruit. The tannins are pretty insistent and there is not the weight of fruit on the mid palate that the 1990 can boast. Some think this is going to improve and is in a dip at the moment. I tasted this several times and am still in two minds about this wine.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 38751
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    Lacking that extra dimension of freshness and purity of the '90, the 1989 Hermitage la Chapelle is still a fabulous wine that offers sensational aromatic fireworks to go with full-bodied richness and depth. Showing classic la Chapelle smoked meats, currants, wood smoke and chocolate, this beauty hits the palate with no hard edges, a blockbuster texture and a finish that just won't quit. It shows the slightly more masculine, austere edge of the vintage, but the tannin is beautifully sweet and it packs a serious amount of fruit in the mid-palate. I've had a few tired bottles of this over the past few years, so provenance is key. Nevertheless, well-stored bottles will continue to drink beautifully for another couple decades.
    Drink Dates: 2015 - 2045
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
    Issue: Special Report (Sep 2015)
  • James Suckling | Rating: 100

    I have always been a huge fan of this wine, with incredible depth and richness of character. Dried meat, game, berry, spice, asphalt and tar. Full body with layers of ripe tannins and spice. It goes on for minutes on the finish. This is a fabulously spicy with black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, black truffles, sous bois and licorice. Decant two or three hours before serving. Purity and balance. This is the legendary 1961 again.
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: 14 Dec, 2014
  • Jeb Dunnuck | Rating: 96

    The 1989 La Chapelle has always shown well, and while it doesn’t match the otherworldly 1990, it offers a sensational drinking experience. Mature notes of black fruits, cured meats, wood smoke, and baking chocolate all flow to a rich, powerful, masculine Hermitage that has a stacked mid-palate and ripe tannins. It’s fully mature yet has the depth and concentration to keep for another decade or more, although there’s no upside here.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
    Issue: Up From The Cellar #5 & Misc New Releases
  • Anonymous | Rating: 95

    Author: brucepark
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Malafronte Michael
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 2013
    Author: flavio
  • Self | Rating: 96

    at almost half the price of 1990 La Chapelle, the 89 is almost as good as the 1990. A wondeful expression of Northen Rhone Syrah at peak drinking condition.
    Author: Behruz Nassre
  • Self | Rating: 93

    At Talulas Table paired with Wine Soaked Poussin, Parmesan Risotto, Cipollini Piccalilli, and Fried Chicken Skin Dark purple with a surprisingly explosive, super ripe dark fruits.Much more forward than the 1990 but not quite as delicious. This is very big and yet still showing finesse. Drank with 2.5 hours of air
    Drink Dates: 2010
    Author: Ricknat1
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Garnet in color. High rim variation. Mushroom, Petrol, Game, Black Olive, Green Olive, Hay/Straw.
    Author: vegas
  • Self | Rating:

    This one has finally come out of its shell. Not especially typical - more floral red fruit than smoke and leather. Beautifully balanced, with firm but well integrated tannins sitting in the background. Could develop some more complexity over the next several years. Karen recommends decanting early. Comparisons with the 1988 will be interesting.
    Author: rcmeredith
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

  • 1494 bottles owned
  • 273 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 273 collectors)