Red

1989 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

Syrah

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Northern Rhône
  • Hermitage
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Community Tasting Notes 340

  • murkybird Likes this wine: 94 points

    May 18, 2019 - Pan drippings, porcini, and Christmas plums. Great line of acidity keeping things fresh with fantastic complexity. Firing on all cylinders to my palate— drink it if you have it!

  • paul195 wrote: 95 points

    May 9, 2019 - #13 of 18 This continues to drink very well. Dark, deep and still quite youthful, needs a minimum of a two hour decant if you want to really see what this wine has to offer. Impressive scale and length make 1989 a fabulous vintage for La Chapelle and properly stored bottles have upside as this wine ages further and picks up more complexity.

  • Gen NY Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 12, 2019 - I tried a few Barolos from the 60s and 70s a few weeks back. On the advice of a few tasters, I left them in the decanter for more than 5 hours before serving - and it worked out. So I decided to try this approach with la Chapelle. It did the trick. I had previously been disappointed with this wine. On opening, it was OK but smelled mostly if barnyard and tasted “old” and not the good kind.

    Coming back to it after five hours of air was a pleasant experience. The wine smelled of cherries, smoke, forest floor and olives. The old barnyard smell was gone and it tasted vibrant. I like this wine very much, but at current prices, there are better values.

  • JonnyG Likes this wine: 96 points

    April 7, 2019 - The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s) (Santa Monica, CA): Another amazing, fresh and gorgeous bottle from a case I have been working through for a few years now. Dark cherry flavor profile, alongside smoke, game, bacon, herbs and mineral notes. Fine acidity. Excellent weight and complexity.

  • Mchiarot Likes this wine: 96 points

    April 6, 2019 - Rich, full mouthed, cherry, wonderful length. Has another decade left for sure, but sadly this is my last bottle

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    11/15/2015 (link)

    (Paul Jaboulet Aîné, La Chapelle Hermitage Red) Subscribe to see review text.

View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2013, Issue #46, Recently Tasted Rhône Wines Revisiting One of My Favorite Regions of Yesteryear

    (Hermitage “La Chapelle”- Paul Jaboulet Aîné) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    5/24/2013 (link)

    (Paul Jaboulet Aîné, La Chapelle Hermitage Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Diaries, 10/4/2009

    (Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle) Subscribe to see review text.

JebDunnuck.com

  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Bonus Reviews, 2/21/2009 (link)

    (Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle) Subscribe to see review text.

View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Nov/Dec 2008, Issue #18, Recently Tasted Rhône Wines

    (Hermitage “la Chapelle”- Paul Jaboulet Âiné) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2007, Issue #7, Road Kill: Highly Rated Wines of Very Questionable Merit

    (Paul Jaboulet Âine Hermitage “la Chapelle”) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

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

    (Paul Jaboulet Ainé, La Chapelle Hermitage Red) Subscribe to see review text.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/28/2012 (link) 93 points

    (Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle) Bricking very dark red violet color; baked plum, baked berry, light ginger cake nose; baked plum, baked berry, ginger cake palate, more advanced than the last bottle I tried, but still tasty; long finish 93+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    11/25/2011 (link) 91 points

    (Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle) Dark red violet color; berry, dried berry, fig, plum nose; tight, dried berry, tart currant, tart red fruit palate; medium-plus finish (not a great bottle of what can be a terrific wine)

  • By Richard Jennings
    11/26/2010 (link) 93 points

    (Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle) Very dark red violet color; tart black fruit, roasted fruit, olive, pepper, bay leaf nose; tasty, tart black fruit, tar, sage, herbal, bittersweet chocolate, bacon fat palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/18/2010 (link) 95 points

    (Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle) Very dark red violet color; plum, gravy, black fruit nose; rich, black fruit, berry, mulberry, tobacco, smoke, Chateauneuf du Pape-like palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    5/30/2009 (link) 92 points

    (Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle) Dark red violet color and pale meniscus; brett, tobacco and earthy nose; brett, tart red fruit, tobacco, mineral palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    7/5/2008 (link) 96 points

    (Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle) Dark red violet color; sexy plum, spice box and chocolate nose that changes, after 20 minutes or so in the glass, to more of a lavender, anise and cocoa powder nose; lovely, youthful ripe plum, cherry, spice and chocolate palate with depth; long finish 96+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    11/7/2003 (link) 96 points

    (Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle) Slightly browning garnet red color; lovely roasted meat nose; very viscous, beefy, cedary, meaty, sandalwood palate; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1989
  • Type Red
  • Producer Paul Jaboulet Aîné
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation La Chapelle
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Northern Rhône
  • Appellation Hermitage
  • UPC Code 089744374233

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 90 (2%)
  • In Cellars 3,272 (72%)
  • Consumed 1,199 (26%)

Food Pairing

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Beef and lamb tenderloin

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