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2010 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Blanc

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2010 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Blanc

Single Bottle - Magnum - 1.5 Liters

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Tasting Notes:

Rich, intense and exotic, this boasts racy peach, orange zest, acacia, nectarine and tangerine notes at the core, while white ginger, green tea and bitter grapefruit fill the finish. A lovely minerality courses underneath, showing impressive length. Best from 2015 through 2035. 15 cases imported.

Tasting Notes:

The 2010 Hermitage La Chapelle Blanc is 100% Marsanne from the vineyard known as Maison Blanche situated at the top of the Hermitage appellation, above the famed lieu-dit for white Hermitage, Les Rocoules. This cuvee is very limited in availability so I’ll keep my notes brief. Aromas of white currants, pepper, quince and apricot marmalade are present in this full-bodied, gorgeously rich, pure, stunning white. Completely locked down at present, it should be forgotten for 8-10 years and drunk over the following two decades. It will unquestionably be a very long-lived white wine. Readers should not forget the southern Rhone offerings from Paul Jaboulet-Aine that I reviewed in Issue #203 (October, 2012), especially such terrific values as the 2010 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Plan de Dieu Domaine Pere et Fille and the resurrected Chateauneuf du Papes, the 2010 Domaine de Terre Ferme. The Northern Rhone wines reviewed herein reflect the emphasis on building domaine names while not forsaking the negociant wines. The wines reviewed in this report are only the domaine wines where the Paul Jaboulet firm owns the vineyards and harvests the grapes. In Cornas, the Jaboulets own the highly regarded Domaine de St.-Pierre. A second wine, the Hermitage La Petite Chapelle, is now made in order to increase the quality of Jaboulet’s flagship offering, the Hermitage La Chapelle. As for the Hermitage La Chapelle, recent vintages (starting with 2009) have been the greatest wines made at this estate since one of the all-time classics, the 1990. There was no 2011 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Roure declared. The white wines from Paul Jaboulet-Aine have also jumped in quality. Keep in mind that the proprietors, the Frey family, not only own Chateau La Lagune in Bordeaux, but are also major stockholders in the impressive Champagne firm of Billecart-Salmon. The 2010 whites all performed well. They are slightly less evolved and precocious than the 2011s, and possess a slightly greater degree of the crushed rock minerality than one finds in the more fruit-driven 2011s.

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For almost two centuries, the Jaboulet family has shared a common passion for the Rhône Valley, its history, its terroir, its exceptional people and wines. The enduring quality of our wines is a result of the high esteem in which we hold our people and vines and the arts of vinification, blending and maturing. We are constantly striving to achieve excellence in all our products and in each vintage. We aim for optimum oenological rigour and vineyard management while respecting the environment. This is why Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné has ISO 9001 and 14001 certification pending and why it is using sustainable agriculture. Our strategy is based on giving added value to our products and our brands within the segment of the world’s finest wines. Detailed profiles show our various classified vintages among the Icônes, the Domaines, the vins de Vignerons and the Incontournables. We are proud of our past and eager to embrace the future, and we invite you to discover the excellence of Paul Jaboulet Aîné. Caroline Frey