Red

1996 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

Syrah

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Northern Rhône
  • Hermitage
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Community Tasting Notes 204

  • jordanj Likes this wine: 91 points

    January 18, 2021 - Nicely stored bottled. Great fill. Color was appropriate if not darker than expected. Nose is subtle with dried cherries, smoke, wet tobacco leaves and black pepper. The palate is not too shabby but tannins have fully resolved and fruit is scant but the acidity remains. Still enjoyable. I am not afraid to say this is a finesse wine and not just a cop out for weakness. There is subtle goodness here, but not greatness. Drink now.

  • Paul S wrote: 90 points

    December 17, 2020 - Alex and William's Birthday Dinner (Tonny Restaurant, Geylang Lor 3, Singapore): This wine has been wildly inconsistent for me over the years, ranging from meh, to pretty good. This was one of the poorer bottles. Good, but not great, a bit tired and funky, even if it was still quite a decent wine overall. The nose certainly smelt older than the wine was - with notes of balsamic and damp leaves and earth swirling around a slightly sweeter core of cooked cherries and dark berries, with some roasted meat, then gentle notes of spice and boiled herbs running on behind. The palate was decent enough, but far from world-beating, with a spine of fine-boned tannins and very bright, almost citrus acidity running through rather lean notes of blueberries and cassis traced with a little streak of minerality. The finish had a bit of a bittersweet twang to it, with some brush herb and bramble along with a bit of peppery spice trailing away. Pleasant flavours, speaking fairly eloquently of La Chapelle, but altogether lacking a bit of conviction.

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  • MLR Likes this wine: 91 points

    October 10, 2020 - What a great wine. Decanted for nearly 2 hours. Showed stewed dark fruit and some spice on the nose. Integrated tannins let you know they were there but didn’t distract from the aged Syrah with its dark fruit and forest flavors. Had a note of black pepper in the back ground too. Very nice.

  • nywine68 wrote: 93 points

    October 1, 2020 - Smokey nose. Earthy with lots of mushrooms and secondary/tertiary flavors. Nice lively acidity keeps this well balanced.

  • cannym Likes this wine: 90 points

    July 19, 2020 - Garnet, red brick. Very funky on opening, wild animal fur. Brett? Dark fruits, wood smoke, iron, cured meats. tannins well resolved, plenty acidity. Enjoyable enough but something lurking in the undergrowth with this bottle.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2011 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    7/16/2009 (link)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2006 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    1/28/2006 (link)

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  • By Campbell Mattinson
    1/1/2005 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    5/24/2002 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 1999, IWC Issue #82 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    8/13/2011 (link) 93 points

    (Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle) Very dark red violet color; reduction, tart black fruit, roasted plum nose; maturing, elegant, roasted black fruit, tar, pepper, mineral, lamb jus palate with incipient ginger cake; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/26/2010 (link) 92 points

    (Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle) Dark red violet color; smoke, cigar box, tobacco nose; tight, tobacco, snuff, charcoal palate; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Paul Jaboulet Aîné
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation La Chapelle
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Northern Rhône
  • Appellation Hermitage
  • UPC Codes 089744374233, 3105710150049, 3105710150964

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 17 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,603 (58%)
  • Consumed 1,137 (41%)

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