Red

1989 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

Syrah

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Northern Rhône
  • Hermitage
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Community Tasting Notes 346

  • vinhslee Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 29, 2019 - Lots of rich (but restrained) fruity flavours. Good mix of earthy, floral and graphite, meaty/gamey notes. Complex with long sweet finish. Surprisingly young. Needs lots of air. Better still, try not to open another for another 5+ years.

  • Burgnick wrote: 88 points

    August 29, 2019 - Pencil shaving, funk, herbs and forest. Palate was too funky for my palate.

  • jerhardt wrote:

    August 5, 2019 - Drinking well, and consistent with prior bottles. Aging gracefully, and well into secondary maturity, but seems in a long plateau. Medium bodied, elegant Syrah, which if I were to criticize it, is lacking a bit in the hallmarks of northern Rhône typicity. Quite enjoyable nonetheless.

  • drwine2001 wrote:

    August 3, 2019 - Mostly 1989 Dinner (The Progress, San Francisco): Red center with minimal fading. Some sediment. Crackling tart red fruit and swirling wintergreen and fennel. Medium weight, exceptionally elegant for La Chapelle. Superb mix of crisp fruit, earth, and green tones supported by excellent acidity and light tannins. I had not tasted this in many years, but this bottle was showing superbly and very "Chave-like" in its savory complexity rather than overt power. In my recollection, less dense and ripe than the 1990.

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  • LW31 Likes this wine:

    July 7, 2019 - This doesn’t get the acclaim of the legendary ‘90 but this was really quite good. At first opening it was rather tannic and almost metallic but with about 1 hr in bottle and then about 30-40 mins in decanter it blossomed. The nose is iron and mushrooms, with a hint of blood, on the palate it is lively and complex with sweet dark red fruit, earthy, some minerality. Good depth. The only off note is the finish which is somewhat coarse. Think good bottles should be best enjoyed now over next 5 years.

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  • By Matt Walls
    Legendary Hermitage, 6/16/2019 (link)

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

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Up From The Cellar #5 & Misc New Releases, 3/27/2019 (link)

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

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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.

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

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

Vintage Tastings

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

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

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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 87 (2%)
  • In Cellars 3,337 (71%)
  • Consumed 1,257 (27%)

Food Pairing

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Beef and lamb tenderloin

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