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1997 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

  • 93 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 70 JR
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SKU: 51789-1997-750

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 14

    Ageing very fast to judge from how rapidly an open bottle is oxidising and by the brown colour. Furry tannins. A certain brown sugar sort of sweetness. Easy peasy but hardly majestic. Positively light and soft. There are tannins there which should support it for a while. Quite pretty balance.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 38751
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Hedonistic and quite delicious but very ripe, with stewed fruit that makes it a bit heavy. Pepper, spice and mocha notes bring it all to a long and exciting finish--but it doesn't have the cellar potential you expect from better vintages of La Chapelle. 7,915 cases made.
    Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Ruby-red. Port-like aromas of black cherry, roasted currant and smoky oak. Extraordinarily silky and seamless in the mouth, with uncanny texture and great suavity. Extremely long on the finish, with the tannins buried in fruit. A remarkably lush, accessible La Chapelle whose sheer density of material should enable it to develop in bottle for 15 to 20 years.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2000
  • Rating: 93

    The 1997 Hermitage La Chapelle has begun to completely close down, which is surprising in view of how sweet, seductive, and precocious this vintage can be. However, the color seems to get deeper with exposure to air (the wine was far more drinkable after 24 hours of aeration than it was upon opening). The moderately intense bouquet exhibits plenty of ripe blackberry and cherry fruit, in addition to spicy, mineral characteristics. There is considerable weight and volume, but the wine is tight, and nearly impenetrable, leaving an impression of a large, deep, four-square monolith in need of 7-10 years of cellaring - at the minimum. This is an outstanding Hermitage La Chapelle that will have at least three decades of positive evolution. For readers intent on committing infanticide, open and decant it 12-24 hours in advance. The improvement is dramatic. Perhaps it is Jacques Jaboulet's preference to bottle with very high levels of CO2 (1200 ppm) that makes this wine so difficult to taste in its youth.
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Showed plenty of structure, with white pepper, garrigue and spices; medium-weight on the palate. Fruit was dark and sufficiently ripe-tasting. Drinks like the aristocrat of Syrah that it is. Starting to show signs of going over the hill, but is still certainly enjoyable. This vintage was considered relatively weak for this wine. If that is the case, it must be absolutely fantastic in a good one.
    Drink Dates: 2007-2015
    Author: PurpleTeeth
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Smoked meat and taragon on the nose. This is still a young hermitage and still a little tannic. Roasted meat flavors and tea on the the palate. Needs plenty of air.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2020
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Very deep red colour; lovely and sweet on the palate with pronounced notesd of black fruits and spices; very long; still has some years to go before it peaks; lovely.
    Author: TAs Super Cellar
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

  • 965 bottles owned
  • 184 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 184 collectors)