1978 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Hermitage Rhône France Wine Tasting Note

  1. 1978 Paul Jaboulet Aîné La Chapelle (Hermitage)

    1. WOW! Exotic, erotic cherry charm here. Lush, regal, full bodied and concentrated, the fruit has a sensual purity. The texture is like, wild silk and the finish just keeps on going. Concentrated and intense, this just keeps getting better and better. Liquid gold indeed.

      99 points - Tasted
    2. Mind boggling in the true sense of the term. Upon opening, the aromatics flew across the room! This wine has so much intensity of raw materials, it is hard to believe. The perfume, with its incense, smoke, dark cherries, plums, crushed stone, olive and black raspberries should be bottled. The wine is powerful, youthful, fresh, pure and fruit filled. The finish, which crosses the line at over 60 seconds is long, fresh, sweet, ripe and most importantly, memorable. Lacking the power and concentration of the legendary 1961, this is as close as most of us are ever going to get, and it sells for about 90% less money too! I cannot decide if tasting a wine in January, that I know will make my top 10 wines of the year is either sad, or a harbinger of things to come. Either way, this is a monumental wine!

      100 points - Tasted
    3. Holy f'Ing cow! Now, there's a descriptor you do not see much on these pages. Absolutely mind blowing wine!!! The outrageous perfume grabs you and locks your sense in with its intense, smoke, boysenberry liqueur, kirsch, truffle, earth, iron, black cherry, licorice and wet forest floor aromas. If that wasn't enough, the wine is incredibly thick, concentrated, rich and almost dense with its volume of raw material. The mouth filling finish builds and expands, while it moves from black to red fruits before it makes its way back to black fruits again. This insane tasting experience is clearly one of the best bottles of wine I have ever tasted!

      100 points - Tasted
    4. Hermitage, no make that almost any wine does not get better than this! The moment your nose meets the perfume, you know you're in for something truly special. The fireworks continue when the decadent, rich, intense blast of fruit, spice, tannin, earth and character hit your palate. Still young, fresh and vibrant, this is not even at peak yet.

      100 points - Tasted
    5. Light ruby in color, with sweet and sour cherries, fresh herbs, thyme, licorice, earth and spice, the wine was sweet, soft and polished. The long finish ended with a variety of dark red berries that alternated from sweet to tart. It's been years since I've seen a bottle of this, let alone tasted one. I do not think this was a perfect example of the wine at its peak. This was very good, but it did not sing like the best bottles.

      96 points - Tasted