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A Rhone Legend: Jaboulet La Chapelle

Nick Jackson, MW Consultant | February 13, 2021

Brawny Intensity

The historic Rhone estate of Jaboulet is almost synonymous with the hill of Hermitage. And from a handful of its best terroirs comes its flagship wine: Hermitage La Chapelle. Always a supreme expression of Hermitage’s brawny intensity and gaminess, in recent vintages the wine has gone from strength to strength under the ownership of the Frey family.

The Northern Rhone has been blessed with a series of outstanding vintages between 2015 and 2019, and the wines shine. For the quality, young vintages listed below represent excellent value for wines with 20+ year ageing potential.

2013 likewise was a solid vintage in the region, and the La Chapelle is opening up well now after a decant. Maison Bleue is a de facto second wine of La Chapelle and used to be called Petite Chapelle. The vines are largely on the eastern parts of the Hermitage hill and the wine offers excellent value, especially in a vintage as great as 2017.