It is not often we offer the La Chapelle, but the 2018 is not a bottle we can pass up. Jaboulet makes one of the best versions of La Chapelle in all of Hermitage, proving year in and out that they are at the top of their game. The La Chapelle comes from two very important Lieu-Dits, Le Meal, which is where the wine gets its incredible fruit, and Les Bessards, lending structure, and power. This is a fantastic wine with the structure for a very long life, and those with patience will be greatly rewarded. The 2018 is a fantastic effort from Jaboulet, and those that like seeking out the best the Northern Rhone has to offer should have no problem enjoying this wine. Jeb Dunnuck recently released his top 100 wines of 2020, and the 2018 Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle came in second place. Check out the two great notes below.
Jeb Dunnuck 98+ points! "As I wrote last year from barrel, the 2018 Hermitage La Chapelle is a backward, primordial Hermitage built for the ages. Incredible crème de cassis, blueberries, scorched earth, burning embers, and liquid violet-like aromas and flavors dominate the bouquet, and this beauty is full-bodied, concentrated, and powerful on the palate. With just hints of the smoky, meaty, beefy character that emerges from all aged examples of this cuvée, it has incredible tannins, perfect balance, and a monster of a finish. Don't think about touching bottles for at least 7-8 years, and it's going to keep for 50 years or more."
Wine Advocate (Joe Czerwinski) 98-100 points! "Jaboulet's 2018 Hermitage La Chapelle features scents of crushed stone, violets and cassis. It's a classic trio, backed by a wine that's full-bodied, rich and powerful yet also airy, somehow carrying intense plum and black olive flavors without any sense of heaviness or excess weight. Then the wine finishes long and softly dusty, with tannins that accentuate its savory character, picking up delicious hints of licorice at the very end. The proportion of new oak has been trimmed back to a very reasonable 20% and is hardly noticeable in the wine."