The 2012 La Chapelle Blanc from the House of Paul Jaboulet-Ainé is the output of 100% Marsanne - from vines that are about 40 or 50 years old - grown on the terraced parcel Maison Blanche. This wine presents a brilliant pale yellow robe with green reflections. The nose offers a wonderful expression of freshness of citrus, like lime, with floral notes, like honeysuckle, and a lovely minerality. On the palate, this 2012 Chapelle Blanc from Paul Jaboulet-Ainé is an incredible Hermitage white, pure and elegant, always with minerality, and with a precise and persistent finish. It is a white to age.
Paul Jaboulet-Aîné : La Chapelle 2012
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Wine Advocate-Parker :
While I wasn't able to taste a 2013, I was able to try the 2012 Hermitage la Chapelle Blanc again. Still youthful, vibrant and fresh, it offers massive minerality to go with notions of lime, mint, almond paste and ripe apple. Full-bodied, tight, backward and crisp, give it another year or two and drink bottles over the following 10-15 years or more.