The tiny chapel of St Christopher, perched on top of the mighty hill of Hermitage, is illuminated by spotlights at night. Surrounded by darkness, when you glimpse it from the town of Tain below, it appears to hover in the night sky like a celestial body. This is the shrine that gives Jaboulet’s historic wine, La Chapelle, its name.
It’s no exaggeration to say that this wine can represent one of the most captivating and complex wines of the Rhône Valley. The 1961 La Chapelle has occasionally been described as one of the greatest wines ever made, and is now one of the most expensive.
At London’s Hedonism Wines, it sells for £11,800 ($15,830) – and that’s for a half bottle.