Wine Legend: Jaboulet, La Chapelle Hermitage, 1961

Wine Legend: Jaboulet, La Chapelle Hermitage, 1961, Northern Rhône, France

Bottles produced 10,000
Composition 100% Syrah
Yield (hectolitres/hectare) 8hl/ha
Alcohol level 12.9%
Release price 10 French francs per bottle
Price today £9,180 per bottle (average price on Wine-Searcher.com)

A legend because…

While Paul Jaboulet and Gérard Chave are easily the most prestigious producers from the 134-hectare Hermitage AC, no wine has enjoyed the acclaim attached to the La Chapelle 1961. Its power and harmony were apparent from the start, and for decades the wine has been a star at auction. In the 19th century, wines from Hermitage had routinely been used to beef up lacklustre vintages from Bordeaux, but in the 20th century many vineyards were neglected. The recognition given to La Chapelle 1961 helped to kickstart interest in the great granitic vineyard and its wines. US critic Robert Parker has described it as ‘one of the three or four greatest red wines I have ever tasted’.

Looking back

The Jaboulet business was deeply rooted in family. At least four members, brothers and cousins, were involved in both the winemaking and commercial side. A highly consistent négociant business, as well as being a producer from its own extensive vineyards, led to Jaboulet becoming the most visible of the great Rhône houses. In the 1980s and 1990s accidents and premature deaths seem to have robbed the house of its former dynamism and, in 2006, Jaboulet was bought by the Frey family, owners of Champagne house Billecart-Salmon and of Château La Lagune in Bordeaux.

The people

The wine was made under the supervision of Louis Jaboulet, who retired in 1976. His better-known son Gérard would only have been 19 at the time.

The vintage

The granitic hill of Hermitage is always an exceptionally hot site. In 1961, a warm spring gave the vines a head start, but rain in June severely diminished the potential crop. Thereafter, conditions were ideal until the completion of harvest. Extensive coulure (the failure of grapes to develop after flowering) led to unusually low yields.

The terroir

The Jaboulets have long been major vineyard owners on the hill of Hermitage, owning 19ha of Syrah and 5ha of Marsanne and Roussanne, yielding, in a normal vintage, about 7,500 cases. The lion’s share of the Syrah vines lie within the Le Méal sector, but with significant parcels in other prized sites such as Les Bessards. An average age of 40 years is maintained for the Hermitage vines. There is no actual parcel known as La Chapelle, however; the name refers to the small chapel perched on the hill. The wine is a Syrah blend from the different parcels.

The wine

From 1989 onwards, Jaboulet produced a second wine from Hermitage (Le Pied de la Côte) in addition to La Chapelle. In 1961 there would have been no such selection, other than a rejection of substandard fruit in the vineyard. The grapes were trodden by foot and fermented with indigenous yeasts in large, open wooden vats. Although destemming became routine in the 1980s, it is probable that about half the stalks would have been retained in 1961, contributing to the wine’s robust tannins. The finished wine would have been aged for about 18 months mainly in vats, and a very small proportion of barrels, including some made from chestnut wood. It would have been bottled without filtration.


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Some of the less common spirits

By the word other sprits or less common /known spirits, we mean the various spirits produced in the different countries. There are around 400-600 varieties.
Some of them are:
Aquavit — literally mean water of life. It’s made in Scandinavian countries from potatoes or grains flavored with Caraway seeds, orange peel cardamom &herbs.
Arrack / Raki: The word arrack comes from Arabic word which means juice or sweet It is called Raki in Turkey. It is popular spirit made from the sap of a tree
Calvados:  is a spirit made from apples or pears in Normandy. Calvados is the name of district in Normandy.  Apple jack is similar apple brandy made in USA.
Grappa / Marc:Grappa is a kind of Italian brandy made from the residue of Grape skin. The fine Brand of Grappa is Negroni (Grappa Bianca)
        There is a French equivalent of grappa is also made from dried grape skins pulp & seeds the Marc
Karpi: is a fruit Brandy made from Cranberry in Finland.
Kirsch: The colorless spirit made in Black forest area in Germany, Austria & Switzerland& also in the region of Alsace
Framboie: Raspberry brandy from France.
Poire Williams This spirit is made from distillation of fermented Pears & is colorless. French, Swiss, usually makes it. & German
Pastis: French aniseed flavoured spirit, which turns milky with water. The most famous brands are Ricard & Pernod.
Ouzo: It is most popular Greek colorless spirit .It is made with Grapes
Feni : is obtained from Cashew nuts or Palm or Coconut .It comes from Western region of India ,Goa .
                Besides Feni there are many Indian drinks like Mahua, it’s produced from Mahua flowers. Tari is usually made from the sap of stem of Date palm tree.
Pulque : A Mexican drink obtained from Mezcal. It has a flavour similar to the sour milk & has to be consumed fast .
Quetsch: It’s colorless spirit from plums made in Germany & France.

Sake: The Traditional Japanese rice wine not distilled but fermented. After fermentation Sake is allowed to mature for one year before bottling. It should be drunk young.

Some of the less common spirits

By the word other sprits or less common /known spirits, we mean the various spirits produced in the different countries. There are around 400-600 varieties.
Some of them are:
Aquavit — literally mean water of life. It’s made in Scandinavian countries from potatoes or grains flavored with Caraway seeds, orange peel cardamom &herbs.
Arrack / Raki: The word arrack comes from Arabic word which means juice or sweet It is called Raki in Turkey. It is popular spirit made from the sap of a tree
Calvados:  is a spirit made from apples or pears in Normandy. Calvados is the name of district in Normandy.  Apple jack is similar apple brandy made in USA.
Grappa / Marc:Grappa is a kind of Italian brandy made from the residue of Grape skin. The fine Brand of Grappa is Negroni (Grappa Bianca)
        There is a French equivalent of grappa is also made from dried grape skins pulp & seeds the Marc
Karpi: is a fruit Brandy made from Cranberry in Finland.
Kirsch: The colorless spirit made in Black forest area in Germany, Austria & Switzerland& also in the region of Alsace
Framboie: Raspberry brandy from France.
Poire Williams This spirit is made from distillation of fermented Pears & is colorless. French, Swiss, usually makes it. & German
Pastis: French aniseed flavoured spirit, which turns milky with water. The most famous brands are Ricard & Pernod.
Ouzo: It is most popular Greek colorless spirit .It is made with Grapes
Feni : is obtained from Cashew nuts or Palm or Coconut .It comes from Western region of India ,Goa .
                Besides Feni there are many Indian drinks like Mahua, it’s produced from Mahua flowers. Tari is usually made from the sap of stem of Date palm tree.
Pulque : A Mexican drink obtained from Mezcal. It has a flavour similar to the sour milk & has to be consumed fast .
Quetsch: It’s colorless spirit from plums made in Germany & France.

Sake: The Traditional Japanese rice wine not distilled but fermented. After fermentation Sake is allowed to mature for one year before bottling. It should be drunk young.

WINE TERMINOLOGY

Winemakers and wine writers use a variety of descriptions to communicate the aromas, flavors and characteristics of wines. Many of the terms seem familiar and natural, yet others are less clear. Use this glossary of common wine terminology to help you better understand and describe the wines you enjoy.
Acidity The presence of natural fruit acids that lend a tart, crisp taste to wine
Aroma Smells in wine that originate from the grape
Astringent Bitter; gives a drying sensation in the mouth
Balanced All components of the wine are in harmony
Barrel Fermented White wine that is fermented in an oak barrel instead of a stainless steel tank
Body The weight and tactile impression of the wine on the palate that ranges from light to heavy/full
Bouquet Smells from winemaking, aging and bottle age
Buttery Rich, creamy flavor associated with barrel fermentation
Character Describes distinct attributes of a wine
Chewy Wine that has a very deep, textured and mouth-filling sensation
Clean Wine without disagreeable aromas or tastes
Closed Wine that needs to open up; aging and/or decanting can help
Complex Layered aromas, flavors and textures
Cooked Wine that has been exposed to excessively high temperatures; spoiled
Corked Wine that has been tainted with moldy smells or other obvious flaws from a bad cork
Delicate Light, soft and fresh wine
Dry No sugar or sweetness remaining; a fruity wine can be dry
Earthy Flavors and aromas of mushroom, soil and mineral
Elegance A well balanced, full wine with pleasant, distinct character
Finish The final impression of a wine on the palate; ranges from short to long
Firm Texture and structure of a young, tannic red
Flabby/Flat Lacking in acidity, mouth-feel, structure and/or texture
Fleshy A soft textured wine
Flinty A mineral tone, aroma or flavor
Floral Flower aromas such as rose petals, violets, gardenia or honeysuckle
Fruity Obvious fruit aromas and flavors; not to be confused with sweet flavors such as berries, cherries and citrus
Full-Bodied Rich, mouth filling, weighty-textured wine
Grassy Aromas and flavors of fresh cut grass or fresh herbs
Green Unripe, tart flavors
Hard Texture and structure that hinders flavor
Herbaceous Grassy, vegetable tones and aromas
Lean Wine is thin and tastes more acidic than fruity
Legs Teardrop impressions of alcohol weightiness that are visible on the inside edges of a wine glass
Light-Bodied A wine with delicate flavors, texture and aromas
Lively Young, fruity and vivacious flavor
Malolactic Conversion of hard, malic acid (green apple flavors) in wine to soft, lactic acid (rich, butter flavors)
Medium-Bodied A wine with solid, but not rich weight and texture
Nose The smell of a wine; aroma
Oak Aromas and flavors contributed during barrel fermentation and/or aging such as vanilla, caramel, chocolate, smoke, spice or toast
Off-Dry (Semi-dry) Very low levels of residual sugar remaining in the wine
Rich Weighty flavors and texture
Round Smooth flavors and texture; well-balanced
Smoky/Toasty Aromas of smoke and toast imparted by fired barrels
Sweet Wines that have a higher concentration of sugar after fermentation
Tannin A drying, astringent sensation on the palate that is generally associated with heavier red wines
Terroir French word reflecting the expression of soil, topography and climate in a wine
Thin Wine is unpleasantly watery and lacks flavor and texture
Vegetal Herbal, weedy aromas and flavors
Velvety Smooth-textured with deep, rich aromas and flavors
Vintage Year that grapes were harvested and fermented to make a wine

FOOD AND ACCOMPANIMENTS

Food & Accompaniments Presentation Transcript Food & Accompaniments Accompaniments are highly flavoured seasonings of various kinds offered with certain dishes. The object of offering accompaniments with dishes is to improve the flavour of the food or to counteract its richness or texture. HORSD’OEUVRES HOR SD’OEUVRES HORSD’OEUVR’ES HOR SD’OEUVRES GRAPEFRUIT COCKTAIL: SERVED WITH: CASTOR SUGAR HORSD’OEUVR’ES HOR SD’OEUVRES TOMATO JUICE: SERVED WITH: WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE HORSD’OEUVR’ES HOR SD’OEUVRES OYSTERS : SERVED WITH: CAYENNE PEPPER PEPPER MILL CHILLI VINEGAR TABASCO SAUCE LEMON WEDGE BROWN BREAD & BUTTER SNAILS : SERVED WITH: BROWN BREAD & BUTTER HORSD’OEUVRES HOR SD’OEUVRES SHRIMPS: SERVED WITH: CAYENNE PEPPER PEPPER MILL LEMON WEDGES HOT BREAKFAST TOAST HORSD’OEUVRES HOR SD’OEUVRES HAM MOUSSE: SERVED WITH: HOT BREAKFAST TOAST HORSD’OEUVRES HOR SD’OEUVRES GULL’S EGG SERVED WITH: BROWN BREAD & BUTTER ORIENTAL SALT HORSD’OEUVRES HOR SD’OEUVRES SMOKED SALMON SERVED WITH: CAYENNE PEPPER PEPPER MILL LEMON WEDGE BROWN BREAD & BUTTER HORSD’OEUVRES HOR SD’OEUVRES ASPARAGUS: SERVED WITH: HOLLANDAISE SAUCE (IF HOT) VINAIGRETTE (IF COLD) HORSD’OEUVRES HOR SD’OEUVRES GLOBE ARTICHOKE HOLLANDAISE SAUCE (IF HOT) VINAIGRETTE (IF COLD) HORSD’OEUVRES HOR SD’OEUVRES CORN ON THE COB SERVED WITH: BEURRE FONDUE HORSD’OEUVRES HOR SD’OEUVRES FRESH PRAWNS SERVED WITH: BROWN BREAD & BUTTER MAYONNAISE SAUCE HORSD’OEUVRES HOR SD’OEUVRES CHILLED MELON SERVED WITH: GROUND GINGER CASTOR SUGAR HORSD’OEUVRES HOR SD’OEUVRES AVACADO SERVED WITH: BROWN BREAD & BUTTER HORSD’OEUVRES HOR SD’OEUVRES SHELLFISH COCKTAIL SERVED WITH: BROWN BREAD & BUTTER HORSD’OEUVRES HOR SD’OEUVRES SOUP CRÈME DE TOMATE SERVED WITH: CROUTONS CONSOMME SERVED WITH: DEPENDING ON GARNISH FRENCH ONION SOUP SERVED WITH: GRATED PARMESAN CHEESE GRILLED FLUTES PETITE MARMITE SERVED WITH: GRATED PARMESAN CHEESE GRILLED FLUTES POACHED BONE MARROW POTAGE GERMINY SERVED WITH: CHEESE STRAWS BOUILLABASSE SERVED WITH: THIN SLICES OF FRENCH BREAD DIPPED IN OIL AND GRILLED BORTSCH SERVED WITH: SOUR CREAM BEETROOT JUICE BOUCHEES FILLED WITH DUCK PASTE TURTLE SOUP SERVED WITH: BROWN BREAD & BUTTER SEGMENTS OF LEMON CHEESE STRAWS MEASURE OF SHERRY FISH & SEA FOOD FRIED FISH SERVED WITH: SEGMENTS OF LEMON, SAUCES: TARTARE, REMOULADE, GRIBICHE GRILLED FISH SERVED WITH: SEGMENTS OF LEMON, COLD SAUCES: TARTARE, REMOULADE, GRIBICHE HOT SAUCES: BEARNAISE, TYROLIENNE POACHED FISH SERVED WITH: SEGMENTS OF LEMON, COLD SAUCES: TARTARE, REMOULADE, GRIBICHE HOT SAUCES: HOLLANDAISE, MOUSSELINE GRILLED HERRING SERVED WITH: MUSTARD SAUCE POACHED SALMON SERVED WITH: HOLLANDAISE SAUCE MOUSSELINE SAUCE MUSSELS SERVED WITH: BROWN BREAD & BUTTER, CAYENNE PEPPER CRAWFISH SERVED WITH: MAYONNAISE SAUCE COLD LOBSTER SERVED WITH: MAYONNAISE SAUCE FARINACEOUS SPAGHETTI SERVED WITH: GRATED PARMESAN CHEESE MEAT CURRY SERVED WITH: POPPADAMS, PAN CAKES ROAST BEEF SERVED WITH: ENGLISH/FRENCH MUSTARD, HORSERADISH SAUCE, YORKSHIRE PUDDING, ROAST GRAVY ROAST LAMB SERVED WITH: MINT SAUCE. ROAST GRAVY ROAST PORK SERVED WITH: SAGE & ONION STUFFING, APPLE SAUCE, ROAST GRAVY BOILED MUTTON SERVED WITH: CAPER SAUCE SALTED BEEF SERVED WITH: TURNED ROOT VEGETABLES, DUMPLINGS, NATURAL COOKING LIQUOR BOILED FRESH BEEF SERVED WITH: TURNED ROOT VEGETABLES, NATURAL COOKING LIQUOR, ROCK SALT, GHERKINS CALF’S HEAD SERVED WITH: BOILED BACON, PARSLEY SAUCE, BRAIN SAUCE, SAUCE VINAIGRETTE GRILLED STEAKS SERVED WITH: FRENCH/ENGLISH MUSTARD, BEURRE MAITRE D’HOTEL, POMMES PAILLE (STRAW POTATOES), WATERCRESS IRISH STEW SERVED WITH: WORCESTER SAUCE, PICKLED RED CABBAGE POULTRY CHICKEN SERVED WITH: BREAD SAUCE, ROAST GRAVY, PARSLEY & THYME STUFING, BACON ROLLS, GAME CHIPS, WATERCRESS ROAST TURKEY SERVED WITH: CRANBERRY SAUCE, BREAD SAUCE, CHESTNUT STUFFING, CHIPOLATA, GAME CHIPS, WATERCRESS, ROAST GRAVY GOOSE SERVED WITH: SAGE & ONION STUFFING, APPLE SAUCE, ROAST GRAVY WILD DUCK SERVED WITH: ORANGE SALAD, ACIDULATED CREAM DRESSING DUCK SERVED WITH: ONION & SAGE STUFFING, APPLE SAUCE, WATERCRESS, ROAST GRAVY GAME HARE SERVED WITH: HEART SHAPED CROUTES FORCEMEAT BALLS RED CURRANT JELLY VENISON SERVED WITH: CUCUMBERLAND SAUCE, REDCURRANT JELLY PARTRIDGE SERVED WITH : FRIED BREAD CRUMBS GROUSE SERVED WITH: HOT LIVER PASTE SPREAD ON A CROUTE PHEASANT SERVED WITH: BREAD SAUCE, GAME CHIPS, WATERCRESS, ROAST GRAVY