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1990 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

  • 100 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 93 JR
  • 98 JS
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SKU: 51789-1990-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    As expected from this ideal vintage, this '90 is sensational. Inky in color and solidly anchored in its terroir, it springs to life with a symphony of flavors, from mineral to wet earth and blackberry. Marvelous balance among fruit, acidity and smooth tannins. Delicious now, but can hold.--La Chapelle vertical. 9,400 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 1999-2025
    Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
    Issue: Dec 15, 1999
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Much darker and much bluer than the Chave. Extraordinarily youthful colour for such an old wine. Quite different from any 1990 red bordeaux I have seen recently. Hardly any sediment. Less dusty and concentrated than the Sizeranne and Chave 1990s. Sleeker. Solid and definitely Hermitage but not ethereal. Velvety 1990 texture and lots of richness. Quite evolved. A good blend of Hermitage rigour with definite polish. The most evolved of the four 1990 Hermitages tasted: Sorrel, Chapoutier Sizeranne, Chave and this.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 10-06-2009
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    The 1990 Hermitage La Chapelle lived up to its reputation on this occasion, and of the three titans (1990, 1978 and 1961), it was probably my favorite. Still inky colored and ruby at the rim, it offers an absolutely profound bouquet of sweet cassis, smoked meats, chocolate, licorice and spice. This is followed by a full-bodied, insanely textured, pure and hedonistic palate that has that perfect mix of still-vibrant fruit and ample secondary nuances. I suspect the '61 was even richer at this stage, but the overall purity and freshness here are incredible. It will continue to evolve for decades, but I'd happily open bottles today.
    Drink Dates: 2015 - 2040
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
    Issue: Special Report (Sep 2015)
  • Jeb Dunnuck | Rating: 100

    I’ve been lucky enough to drink probably a case of the 1990 Hermitage La Chapelle, and it’s always either rated pure perfection or just off that magical number. On this occasion, it tasted like a newly released wine and offered incredible purity and freshness in its crème de cassis, crushed rocks, spring flowers, chocolate, and smoke meat aromas and flavors. Deep, brilliantly concentrated, yet also elegant and seamless, it’s just now starting to show hints of secondary aromas and is going to be incredibly long-lived. One of the greatest Hermitages ever made, life is too short not to drink this once in your life!
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
    Issue: Up From The Cellar #5 & Misc New Releases
  • Vinous | Rating: 96

    Rhȏne lovers were out in full force on this night. Sadly, I only got to taste a handful of the wines being passed around. Still, these were four of the greatest wines I have ever tasted. The 1990 La Chapelle held its own in this grouping, and then some. The purity of the fruit and the wine’s finish were mind-bending.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
    Issue: Jul 2010
  • James Suckling | Rating: 98

    Gorgeous aromas of dark berry, dried meat, dried berry, game, wet earth and licorice. Floral. Full body with a wonderful texture of dried fruits, spices and berries. Very dense and muscular with wonderful balance and length. Dense and intense. Blockbuster style.
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Sunday, December 14, 2014
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: Malafronte Michael
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    Author: Michael D B
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Incredibly massive nose of dark fruits, leather spice and more. Dark purple, Somehow smooth as silk but with strong tannins and a never ending complexity of earth, fruit and coffee and smoke. I doubt that Northern Rhone gets any better than this. Will drink beyond my lifetime
    Drink Dates: 2009-2050
    Author: Ricknat1
  • Self | Rating:

    Opened by accident with good friends. Highly enjoyed.
    Author: cuje
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Wow: Dark purple. Nose of violet and cassis. Ripe Red fruit on the palate with a hint of Asian spices. Silky tannins. Incredibly well balanced with a 60 second finish. Very accessible now but it has another 20 years of life ahead.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2031
    Author: Conrad K
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

  • 2281 bottles owned
  • 320 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 99
    (Out of 320 collectors)