The 2012 version of the little “Chapelle” from Paul Jaboulet-Ainë

Like its superior bigger brother wine, this is a blend of the diverse terroirs (granite, gneiss stone, sand, etc) from the following vineyards; Les Bessards, Les Greffeux, Le Méal and Les Rocoules. The goal is to achieve richness, complexity and longevity. The chapelle eventually became the property of the negotiate Paul Jaboules Âine in 1919. Syrah grapes are raised in 20% new oak.

2012 Hermitage“La petit Chapelle”, Paul Jaboules Âine 

Colour is glowingly, deep red purple.

The nose emerges with an abundance of spices; salvia, rosemary, obvious black pepper but also ginger. All lifted by careful oak treatment, even though noticeable, it is still done with skill. In addition, eucalyptus leaves, balsamic fur, crushed stones and savoury notes.

On the palate it is fleshy, quite soft, round, supple and very thick, or should we be frank and say.. somewhat heavy and big, but strangely not powerful or hard at all even though the tannins take a some grip in your cheeks at this level. Aromas here are really dense from juicy, dark cherries, blackberries, iron-soil, roasted meat and very metallic minerals in the solid, highly concentrated and pleasantly persistent finish. Moreover, there are Acidity is really fresh and vivid wrapping saline black olives and balsamic dark, somewhat heavy, chalky minerals.

This may not be very elegant and overly complex yet, but currently it compensates this with precision, freshness, bold flavours and some depth as well as dry, persistent finish. After all, these are wines to lay down 10 years on.

92-93p/100

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