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Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Paul Jaboulet 'La Petite' Chapelle 2005

Grape Variety: 100% Syrah
Growing Region: Rhône Valley, France
Chief Winemaker: Caroline Frey - *(since 2006)
I have had the pleasure to stand amongst the vines from which this wine is sourced. Contrary to popular belief 'La Petite Chapelle' is not sourced from a single parcel of Hermitage. Rather a masterful blend of the diverse terroirs of Les Bessards, Les Greffeux, Le Méal and Les Rocoules. The richness of these diverse parcels combine to create a wine of incredible complexity and longevity. Each parcel is vinified separately, right until the final blending, which takes place one year after the harvest. The first vintage of ‘La Petite Chapelle’ was back in 2001.
Many of you may remember the extreme weather experienced across Europe in 2005 - marked by drought for most of the growing season. Selective small parcels were harvest over a 3 week period - each bunch having very small, firm berries, with very thick skins, resulting in a red wine much darker in colour than usual, along with the excellent representation of our terroir.
Grapes are hand-picked and brought to the base of the hill in small sleds. The selected grapes undergo a strict sorting prior to vinification. Each parcel is vinified separately and aged for 15 to 18 months or more in the cellars. Once the final blend is chosen, the wine receives additional time in barrel and is then aged in bottle prior to release.
In the glass you are greeted by a deep, black cherry colour, shining and bright, the wine has an intense aroma of fresh spices, red currants, floral notes and ripe, wild cherries. On the complex palate, the wine has a powerful and harmonious attack on the senses, all wrapped in subtle oak and noble tannins giving the wine a very long and elegant finish. Decant for 60-90 minutes and serve at 16 -18°C.
Approachable this winter season; through would appreciate another 10-12 years.
Perfect wine match with Quail stuffed with foie gras, Duck breast, roast Pork or Lamb shank, enjoy.
A real treat at any occasion.


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