Paul Jaboulet Hermitage La Petite Chapelle 2010

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Paul Jaboulet Hermitage La Petite Chapelle 2010

100.00

Opaque ruby color with heady aromas of black and blue fruits, Indian spices and candied flowers. Stains the palate with intense cassis and blueberry flavors resting atop a layer of roasted cedar. Shows excellent clarity and energy on the finish, which features smoothly integrated tannins, hints of cocoa and a seductive floral quality. The 2010 vintage is a better wine than nearly every Hermitage La Chapelle made under the final years of the Jaboulet family’s ownership (for example, 1993-2005). The ‘10 was aged in barrel and represents one-third of the Hermitage crop (another one-third was eliminated and the final one-third went into La Chapelle). The nose is a knockout once properly decanted with notes of camphor, tar, pepper, beef blood, black currant jam, earth and hints of new saddle leather. This supple, rich, full, authoritative beauty has definite ageing potential.

Sourced mainly from the biodynamically farmed Rocoules section of the Hermitage hill, which is comprised of a higher percentage of silica compared to the poorer granite and limestone soil of the western Bessards and Le Meal (the main sources for La Chapelle). A softer, more approachable Hermitage compared to the immense regality of La Chapelle. 40-60+ year old vines with incredibly low yields (15-20 hl/ha), aged in French oak (20% new) and practicing biodynamic.

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