Paul Jaboulet Aîné has been a grower and shipper in the Rhône Valley since 1834. The Jaboulet company was founded by Antoine Jaboulet (1807-1864), and his twin sons, Paul and Henri (1846-1892) continued to expand the family business. The elder son ("aîné" in French), Paul, established the company in its present form and gave it his own name. Since then, the company had been run by successive generations of sons from that side of the Jaboulet family, until 2006, when the Frey family bought Jaboulet and its well-situated vineyards. Jaboulet wines symbolize robustness and elegance, essential qualities of great wines. The crown jewel is Hermitage 'La Chapelle,' which Clive Coates asserts 'is one of the great red wines of the world.' Made of 100% Syrah, 'La Chapelle' is made from various top sites in Hermitage in the Northern Rhône, and is ideal to serve with venison, roasts, red meats, and/or flavorful cheeses.
A gorgeous intensity of plum, spice and grilled meat on the nose. Cloves and hints of dried spices. This is a big, structured La Chappelle. Full and powerful with chewy tannins and a long, long finish. A bit austere and muscular but gorgeous. Tar, spice, dried meat and asphalt. Needs to be aged for at least another five or six years. This is another 1991 in the making.
97 - James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, December 2014