The 2019 La Chapelle is sensational and looks to be the best bottle since the legendary 1990 vintage. Jaboulet makes one of the most incredible bottles of Hermitage in the appellation, 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 ability to age for decades, and those that have ever tried and an older bottle of La Chappelle knows that patience will be greatly rewarded. 2019 is another magnificent vintage for Jaboulet, and another notch in the belt for winemaker Caroline Frey. Their conversion to biodynamic and organic practices is a welcome and smart decision by one of the savviest winemakers in the business, who continues to prove that Jaboulet is still one of the most significant addresses in the Northern Rhone. A not-to-miss bottle, we have a few cases set to arrive in November at U.S. low pricing.
Wine Advocate (Joe Czerwinski) 98-100 points! "Might this be the next vintage of La Chapelle to crack triple digits? Knockout aromas of crushed stone, violets, blueberries, and cassis mark the nose of the 2019 Hermitage La Chapelle, while the full-bodied palate is undeniably more intense and powerful than the more elegant 2018. Rich and velvety, it coats the mouth with dark fruit and creamy-textured espresso, yet retains remarkable length and licorice-derived peppery freshness on the finish. Wow!"
Jeb Dunnuck 96-98+ points! "Compared to the La Maison Bleue, the 2019 Hermitage La Chapelle is more closed, tight, and primary, with a focused, full-bodied style that carries impressive black and blue fruits, graphite, bloody meat, and ample minerality. Structured and tannic, yet wonderfully concentrated and pure, it's not for those seeking instant gratification, but it’s another stunning Hermitage in the making."