Grape Varietal: 100% Syrah
Growing Region: Hermitage, Rhône Valley, France
Owner / Head Winemaker: Caroline Frey

July 2010, I caught-up with the team at Jaboulet and stood on top of the Hermitage hill, next to 'La Chapelle' overlooking the vines from which this wine is sourced.
Contrary to popular belief 'La Chapelle' is not sourced from a single parcel of Hermitage. Rather it is a masterful blend of; Les Bessards, Les Greffeux, Le Meal and Les Rocoules. The varied richness of these diverse parcels that range from 40 to 60 years of age, join together to create a wine of incredible complexity and longevity.

 

As you can imagine with the steepness of the site the grapes are hand-picked and brought to the base of the hill in small sleds. The selected grapes undergo a strict sorting prior to vinification. Each parcel is vinified separately and aged for 15 to 18 months or more in the cellars of the domaine, during this process the wines are also racked. Once the final blend is chosen, the wine receives additional time in oak barrels and it is then aged in bottle prior to release to the market.
This wine is highly complex and distinguished on the nose, revealing the Syrah's great finesse. As you breath the wine in your large wine glass you have aromas of intense black fruits, sweet spices and ultimately, sublte oak notes. Then if you can be patient before diving in to the glass, when your palate does receive its first sip the wine is full and generous, layers upon layers of character all perfectly balanced by silky tannins and a very long persistent finish. If you wish to open this wine over the next few years, please decant for at least 90 minutes preferably 2 hours, then serve at 17-18°C.

One of the world's most respected wines.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
With decanting, approachable this winter season, but will appreciate another 15-20 years..

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with premium quality wagyu beef, ostrich, venison and a wine jus, plus with good friends, enjoy.