Red

1998 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

Syrah

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Northern Rhône
  • Hermitage
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Community Tasting Notes 203

  • beatles wrote: 92 points

    September 21, 2019 - Dry and classy. Very sound, healthy fruit, quite light an elegant for the genre, certainly better than expected. Received much praise around the table. A point, I think, but no signs of fatigue
    #CP#Jean-Luc

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • SixHedgehogs wrote: 88 points

    September 18, 2019 - This was an aged, smooth, woody and delicious wine with good fruit tones. But I wonder if I decanted it for long enough. Is an hour enough for Hermitage?

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Dobi77 wrote: 88 points

    August 22, 2019 - solbær, plomme. Uren frukt, grumsete og flabby. bra struktur. Ingen stor vin i meget bra årgang, og understreker Jaboulet sine kvalitetsproblemer sent 90 tall og tidlig 2000-tall. 87-88

  • ddingley Likes this wine: 92 points

    June 23, 2019 - Still drinking fine although it's possible it's on a downward slope. Very minimal tannins but enough structure to hold together the interesting Rhone flavors

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Mrp2008 wrote:

    June 21, 2019 - DOA

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

    (Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle) Very dark red violet color; roasted black fruit, pepper, tar nose; tasty, silky textured, deep, tart black fruit, pepper, tar, peppercorn palate; long finish 93+ points

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2008 (link) 17+ points

    (Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle) A nice colour here, although it is already showing the elegant mahogany tones of maturity. The nose also shows plenty of development, with a little stewed fruit at first, then a more smoky, meaty and slightly dry-dusty character. The palate seems to show a little more flesh and weight than I recall, and the wine certainly has some substance, although this is countered by some very firm acidity and a continued seam of tannins. There are plenty of good points here, although when drinking it I can't help thinking of what might have been in such a great vintage. Nevertheless this wine is certainly giving more pleasure, and as I suggested last time it is certainly on the way up. And with that firm acidity I think it may go for a very long time, even if it never achieves greatness, although it is without doubt very approachable now. A good wine.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/19/2007 (link) 93 points

    (Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle) Medium cherry red color; light-medium body, intriguing, tart roasted red fruit and liquid pepper palate with style, mature tasting already; medium-plus finish 93+ pts. (decanted for 5 ½ hours)

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2007 (link) 16.5+ points

    (Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle) A nice depth of colour, although it is by no means opaque, and here begins my litany of qualifications. This wine has an attractive depth of pigment, but when one considers that this is a Hermitage, reputedly one of the top examples of the appellation, at eight years of age, and from a very good vintage, the intensity of colour is perhaps not all that we would expect. The nose is never exuberant, but has an appealing nature, with a reserved, admittedly slightly dusty, smoky-meaty character. It certainly has a feel of maturity, with what primary fruit ever existed already long gone. The palate has a creamy, milky feel to it, and again a mature, gamey, dusty character. There is a diffuse, chalky tannic presence, as well as rather firm acidity, backing up a nice, middleweight presence. It seems a little coarsely put together at the finish, with a lots of structure showing, and just a little length. But overall this was better than I expected, no doubt reflecting my low expectations. I have seen this described as thin, dusty and emaciated, in fact as rather undrinkable. Those words are too harsh. This is a wine which is showing rather advanced maturity (bearing in mind how other vintages have fared over the years), although it is still very much on the way up judging by the structure of the wine, and which offers hope that in a few years time it will be nicely integrated and pleasant to drink. It will not, however, be a long-lived example of the appellation. Was it worth the money? No. Is it a great Hermitage? No. Does it bring back memories of the birth of my first son in 1998, which these bottles were bought to commemorate? Yes. And for that reason alone I suspect I will continue drinking these with my very own personal pleasure.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • 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, 3105710150988

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 20 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,378 (63%)
  • Consumed 1,348 (36%)

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