Wine Region: Northern Rhone, France

Grapes: Syrah

The Hermitage la Chapelle de Jaboulet is considered one of the greatest red wines in the world. Named after a tiny chapel built in 1235 located at the highest point of the steepest slope in the area, this wine offers a beautiful mix of concentration and intensity, and is best after a minimum of ten years in order to release the full spectrum of its aromas. The wine is aged for 12 to 16 months in barrels (25% new wood). La Chapelle develops aromas of intense sweet spices, floral notes of peonies and very ripe fruit. Liquorice, candied fruits, mushrooms, leather and undergrowth are revealed after ageing.  With it's powerful and harmonious palate followed by a long finish, the Hermitage la Chapelle de Jaboulet rivals the very best reds from France.

Robert Parker- 90 points

The 2007 Hermitage La Chapelle is a pretty, dark ruby/plum-colored effort displaying aromas of camphor, loamy soil, pepper, herbs and red and black fruits. Medium to full-bodied, soft, round and expansive, it is an endearing Hermitage to enjoy over the next decade. The dramatic differences between the 2007 and 2009 are remarkable when these two wines are tasted side by side.

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