Paul Jaboulet Aîné

La Chapelle Hermitage Syrah

9.235 ratings
9.118 pro ratings
Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France
Syrah
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.3

My bottle of choice for a northern Rhône themed tasting with the WNH.

Knowing this is young for La Chapelle, I double decanted this for a little over two hours before my first sip. Talk about a brick wall. Both aromatically and on the palate, this was not giving at all. At the three hour mark, clove, licorice and all spice showed up on the nose alongside tart rhubarb and a sanguine character on the palate. Both sadly (and thankfully), at hour five in the decanter, this was like a boxer who had been lulling me to sleep with body shots and then suddenly started taking hook shots to the face. Hello! This really flexed its muscles when paired with bolognese. The wine gained a floral/violet/potpourri nose with a touch of black pepper and herbs de Provence. The weight and density bulked up and it channeled a touch of meat and pepper, tar, black cherries and underripe blackberries. Acidity was energetic throughout the evening and the tannins increased by the last glass.

If opening now, I’d decant at least 4+hrs, or hold off another 5-7yrs.

My bottle of choice for a northern Rhône themed tasting with the WNH.

Knowing this is young for La Chapelle, I double decanted this for a little over two hours before my first sip. Talk about a brick wall. Both aromatically and on the palate, this was not giving at all. At the three hour mark, clove, licorice and all spice showed up on the nose alongside tart rhubarb and a sanguine character on the palate. Both sadly (and thankfully), at hour five in the decanter, this was like a boxer who had been lulling me to sleep with body shots and then suddenly started taking hook shots to the face. Hello! This really flexed its muscles when paired with bolognese. The wine gained a floral/violet/potpourri nose with a touch of black pepper and herbs de Provence. The weight and density bulked up and it channeled a touch of meat and pepper, tar, black cherries and underripe blackberries. Acidity was energetic throughout the evening and the tannins increased by the last glass.

If opening now, I’d decant at least 4+hrs, or hold off another 5-7yrs.

Nov 2nd, 2020
Yianni Stoner

Dark red fruits, good density, barrel cinnamon.

Dark red fruits, good density, barrel cinnamon.

2 people found it helpfulOct 17th, 2016
Daron Watson

slightly subdued nose of violets, plum & cassis ~ richness integrated w tart fruits & tobacco finish

slightly subdued nose of violets, plum & cassis ~ richness integrated w tart fruits & tobacco finish

2 people found it helpfulJan 21st, 2016
Mike Trupiano

Built

Built

2 people found it helpfulOct 18th, 2014
Nathaniel DiMaggio

Hitting spots. Such a great bottle. Easily accessible fruit with a solid backbone.

Hitting spots. Such a great bottle. Easily accessible fruit with a solid backbone.

1 person found it helpfulApr 18th, 2016
Nathaniel DiMaggio

Yea baby! Came out swinging. Lots of wine here but balanced very well. Needed a good amount of air but this was absolutely singing.

Yea baby! Came out swinging. Lots of wine here but balanced very well. Needed a good amount of air but this was absolutely singing.

1 person found it helpfulMar 16th, 2016
Kevin Walsh

Wine blogger doxologywine.com; Freelance Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) Doxology Wine Consulting

9.5

Red fruit, peppers and violets. This wine is best for drinking soon as it doesn't have the fruit to last for much more than 8-10 years.

Red fruit, peppers and violets. This wine is best for drinking soon as it doesn't have the fruit to last for much more than 8-10 years.

Jun 22nd, 2015
Alex Powell

Brooding nose of leather, smoke olive black cherry tar, dried meat and licorice, deep and complex. Massive but tight on palate, loads of cherry olivine extract, but quite sharp. Very mineral, big mid, acid could be higher. Very syrah, and high caliber juice...far too young to drink though. Give at least 7-8 more years..2011 vintage.

Brooding nose of leather, smoke olive black cherry tar, dried meat and licorice, deep and complex. Massive but tight on palate, loads of cherry olivine extract, but quite sharp. Very mineral, big mid, acid could be higher. Very syrah, and high caliber juice...far too young to drink though. Give at least 7-8 more years..2011 vintage.

Mar 9th, 2015
Tom Kobylarz

2011 this was showing pretty well actually, cracked pepper, purple and blue fruit notes, meat and crushed rocks.

2011 this was showing pretty well actually, cracked pepper, purple and blue fruit notes, meat and crushed rocks.

Oct 28th, 2014
Sagee Aran

Had the 2011 and the 2013 tasted together at the visitor center - deciding which to buy...The 2011 is ready for drinking, smooth tannins. Full notes when we will open at home. 2011 was my winner...

Had the 2011 and the 2013 tasted together at the visitor center - deciding which to buy...The 2011 is ready for drinking, smooth tannins. Full notes when we will open at home. 2011 was my winner...

Nov 18th, 2021