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Monumental 2015s from a Benchmark Rhone Estate: Jaboulet - 02/10/2018 - Rhone Valley

As a benchmark estate, we always anxiously await the new releases from Jaboulet. Given the hype surrounding the 2015s, we knew they’d have something special in store and, as it turns out, we were absolutely right! As Jeb Dunnuck notes in the quotation above, the 2015s from Jaboulet count among the best ever from the estate and are sure to delight collectors for decades upon decades to come. The crown jewel of the line up is, of course, the 100 point "La Chapelle" Hermitage. The critics fell head-over-heels for this historic bottling, with Dunnuck comparing it to the epic 1990 vintage (a wine that retails in the $560 to $680 range). Even this early in the game, it’s already safe to say the "La Chapelle" will stand out as one of the most desired and collectible bottles the Rhône has to offer. But the Hermitage is only part of the story here, as across their portfolio, Jaboulet delivered one masterpiece after another. From the 97-point, sub-$40 "Domaine de Thalabert" Crozes-Hermitage to the “impressive,” 94-point "Domaine Raymond Roure" Crozes-Hermitage, these wines exquisitely capture all the best aspects of a brilliant vintage. These 2015s are worth purchasing on the press alone, but when you add in our very competitive prices, they quickly become “must-buy” selections.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2015 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "Domaine de Thalabert" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) 97 $39.99 View
2015 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "Domaine de Thalabert" Crozes-Hermitage (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) 97 $89.99 View
2015 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "Domaine Raymond Roure" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) 95 $39.99 View
2015 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "La Chapelle" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) 100 $239.99 View
2015 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "La Chapelle" Hermitage (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) 100 $499.99 View
2015 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "La Chapelle" Hermitage (3.0L) (Pre-Arrival) 100 $999.99 View


2015 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "Domaine de Thalabert" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The finest vintage to date, better even than the stellar 2010, the 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine De Thalabert is a gorgeous, deep, layered, and incredibly satisfying Crozes. Blackcurrants, olive tapenade, truffles and earthy notes all emerge from this full-bodied, gorgeously textured and seamless 2015. With fine tannin and no hard edge, it can be drunk today or cellaring for 15-20 years." (01/2018)

94 points Vinous: "Inky ruby. Suave, mineral-accented scents of ripe blueberry, black currant and Indian spices, along with a slowly emerging floral component. Plush, broad and deeply concentrated, displaying black and blue fruit, licorice and mocha flavors that are energized by an intense, peppery overtone. Finishes extremely long, fleshy and sweet, delivering intense mineral thrust, a subtle cracked pepper nuance and youthful, building tannins. (JR)" (04/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert is a super effort, packed with savory notes of black olives and crushed stones. It's full-bodied and rich, with a hint of cedary oak, but there's plenty of fruit and ripe tannins on the lingering finish. Like some of those fine Thalabert vintages of the past, it should drink well for a couple of decades. (JC) 93+" (12/2017)

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 14, 2018

We decanted for about four hours, but even the first pour on opening had a "wow" factor. Very pure deep red fruit lines impressive aromatics that give way to a touch of sage and smokiness. Pure silk on the palate, there are waves of very bright black fruit propped by impressive acidity. The balance is also impressive - this is no heavyweight, instead it strikes a great balance of energy and tension to support the depth of flavor and a very impressive, lingering finish. Extremely polished, this will be very hard to resist opening even at this age, but it will most likely be a 15-20 year wine all the same. Northern Rhone collectors shouldn't miss this, but anybody who is curious about what a banner vintage brings to this region should give it a go.

2015 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "Domaine de Thalabert" Crozes-Hermitage (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The finest vintage to date, better even than the stellar 2010, the 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine De Thalabert is a gorgeous, deep, layered, and incredibly satisfying Crozes. Blackcurrants, olive tapenade, truffles and earthy notes all emerge from this full-bodied, gorgeously textured and seamless 2015. With fine tannin and no hard edge, it can be drunk today or cellaring for 15-20 years." (01/2018)

92-94 points Vinous: "(made from vines that range from 40 to 60 years old; raised for a year in oak barrels, 20 percent of them new) Youthful violet. Powerful mineral- and spice-accented blue fruit liqueur and violet aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice and white pepper. Concentrated and expansive on the palate, offering intense blueberry, cherry and spicecake flavors and an exotic Indian spice quality that builds on the back half. Shows excellent clarity and lift on the finish, which is framed by velvety, harmonious tannins that fold smoothly into the juicy dark fruit." (04/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert is a super effort, packed with savory notes of black olives and crushed stones. It's full-bodied and rich, with a hint of cedary oak, but there's plenty of fruit and ripe tannins on the lingering finish. Like some of those fine Thalabert vintages of the past, it should drink well for a couple of decades. (JC)" (12/2017)

2015 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "Domaine Raymond Roure" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

95 points Vinous: "Opaque ruby. An assertively scented, complex bouquet features mineral-accented boysenberry, cherry liqueur, licorice and smoky mineral aromas that expand with air. Stains the palate with sweet, dense black and blue fruit, spicecake and candied violet flavors that show a surprisingly graceful touch thanks to a spine of juicy acidity. Velvety, slow-mounting tannins shape a broad, smoke-laced finish that hangs on with superb, floral-driven persistence. (JR)" (04/2018)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "I loved 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine De Roure, which offers a firm, structured, yet impressive style. Black raspberries, graphite, scorched earth and plenty of minerality emerge from the glass and it has building tannin and a concentrated, full-bodied, layered palate. Give it 2-3 years and it will last for another 10-15." (01/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Brooding, concentrated and tannic, the 2015 Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Roure will need some time to come out of its granite shell. Crushed stone and dark cherries and cassis emerge only reticently on the nose. For easier near-term drinking, grab some of the Thalabert; for serious longevity in the cellar, the Domaine de Roure will be hard to beat. (JC)" (12/2017)

90 points Decanter: "Showing concentration and power, this is a rich style with notes of black fruit, scented and oaky. Lots of ripe fruit on the palate, but a bit too much wood tannin, and the alcohol is present and powerful.Drinking Window 2018 - 2022." (10/2017)

2015 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "La Chapelle" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) ($239.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lastly, and a legendary wine in the making, the 2015 Hermitage La Chapelle is reminiscent of the 1990 with its full-bodied, opulently, sexy, yet concentrated style. Offering sensational notes of blackcurrants, smoked herbs, beef blood, and chocolate, its a huge yet elegant wine that has masses of sweet tannin, incredible purity and finesse, and a killer finish. Its the finest wine from this estate in close to 30 years. Hats off to Caroline Fray and Jacques Desvernois!" (01/2018)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Hermitage La Chapelle is one of the estates finest recent efforts. Its packed with firm tannins and will need to be lost in the cellar for a decade, but it will reward those with patience. Richly concentrated and full-bodied, it hits all the expected notescassis, black olive, smoke, crushed stone, pencil shavings and espressothen finishes long, with an aristocratic sense of reserve and austerity. Winemaker Jacques Devernois compares it to a womans black dress, meaning it speaks of elegance and class. (JC)" (12/2017)

98 points Vinous: "Bright purple. Explosive, smoke- and spice-accented blueberry, cherry cola, incense and smoky mineral aromas show outstanding delineation and pick up a hint of olive with aeration. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering deeply concentrated dark berry liqueur, fruitcake and floral pastille flavors, along with a suggestion of star anise. The remarkably long, penetrating finish features strong minerally cut, an echo of sweet blue fruit and harmonious tannins that come in late and fold effortlessly into the deeply concentrated fruit. At this stage, this is a contender for the wine of the vintage, at least by estimation. (JR)" (04/2018)

97 points James Suckling: "A majestic and brooding nose with dark stone fruits, wet black stones, pepper and brown spices as well as some dark chocolate and meaty notes, and fresh truffle-like earthiness, too. The palate draws deep and even with effortless power. Seamless. Extremely focused and long fine tannins. Hints of high cocoa chocolate. The acidity is stunning. This is flawless Hermitage. Drink 2023 and beyond." (09/2017)

2015 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "La Chapelle" Hermitage (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($499.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lastly, and a legendary wine in the making, the 2015 Hermitage La Chapelle is reminiscent of the 1990 with its full-bodied, opulently, sexy, yet concentrated style. Offering sensational notes of blackcurrants, smoked herbs, beef blood, and chocolate, its a huge yet elegant wine that has masses of sweet tannin, incredible purity and finesse, and a killer finish. Its the finest wine from this estate in close to 30 years. Hats off to Caroline Fray and Jacques Desvernois!" (01/2018)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Hermitage La Chapelle is one of the estates finest recent efforts. Its packed with firm tannins and will need to be lost in the cellar for a decade, but it will reward those with patience. Richly concentrated and full-bodied, it hits all the expected notescassis, black olive, smoke, crushed stone, pencil shavings and espressothen finishes long, with an aristocratic sense of reserve and austerity. Winemaker Jacques Devernois compares it to a womans black dress, meaning it speaks of elegance and class. (JC)" (12/2017)

98 points Vinous: "Bright purple. Explosive, smoke- and spice-accented blueberry, cherry cola, incense and smoky mineral aromas show outstanding delineation and pick up a hint of olive with aeration. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering deeply concentrated dark berry liqueur, fruitcake and floral pastille flavors, along with a suggestion of star anise. The remarkably long, penetrating finish features strong minerally cut, an echo of sweet blue fruit and harmonious tannins that come in late and fold effortlessly into the deeply concentrated fruit. At this stage, this is a contender for the wine of the vintage, at least by estimation. (JR)" (04/2018)

97 points James Suckling: "A majestic and brooding nose with dark stone fruits, wet black stones, pepper and brown spices as well as some dark chocolate and meaty notes, and fresh truffle-like earthiness, too. The palate draws deep and even with effortless power. Seamless. Extremely focused and long fine tannins. Hints of high cocoa chocolate. The acidity is stunning. This is flawless Hermitage. Drink 2023 and beyond." (09/2017)

2015 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "La Chapelle" Hermitage (3.0L) (Pre-Arrival) - 1 available ($999.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lastly, and a legendary wine in the making, the 2015 Hermitage La Chapelle is reminiscent of the 1990 with its full-bodied, opulently, sexy, yet concentrated style. Offering sensational notes of blackcurrants, smoked herbs, beef blood, and chocolate, its a huge yet elegant wine that has masses of sweet tannin, incredible purity and finesse, and a killer finish. Its the finest wine from this estate in close to 30 years. Hats off to Caroline Fray and Jacques Desvernois!" (01/2018)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Hermitage La Chapelle is one of the estates finest recent efforts. Its packed with firm tannins and will need to be lost in the cellar for a decade, but it will reward those with patience. Richly concentrated and full-bodied, it hits all the expected notescassis, black olive, smoke, crushed stone, pencil shavings and espressothen finishes long, with an aristocratic sense of reserve and austerity. Winemaker Jacques Devernois compares it to a womans black dress, meaning it speaks of elegance and class. (JC)" (12/2017)

96-98 points Vinous: "(20% new oak): Dark purple. Explosive, mineral-accented scents of ripe dark berries, licorice, incense, vanilla and exotic spices, with a smoky nuance in the background. Deeply concentrated yet strikingly lively and precise on the palate, offering intense, finely detailed black and blue fruit, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that are complemented by hints of olive, allspice and star anise. Offers an uncanny blend of richness and finesse, with no rough edges. Shows remarkable energy and thrust on the endless finish which features supple tannins that add shape and gentle grip. This is one of the finest examples of young La Chapelle that I have ever tasted from barrel, and that includes the legendary 1989, 1990 and 1991 trio. If you love northern Rhône wines this one really shouldn't be missed.(JR)" (04/2017)

97 points James Suckling: "A majestic and brooding nose with dark stone fruits, wet black stones, pepper and brown spices as well as some dark chocolate and meaty notes, and fresh truffle-like earthiness, too. The palate draws deep and even with effortless power. Seamless. Extremely focused and long fine tannins. Hints of high cocoa chocolate. The acidity is stunning. This is flawless Hermitage. Drink 2023 and beyond." (09/2017)