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Spotlight On: Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 1989 vs. 1990

The 96-point 1989 is selling for 51 percent less than the 97-point 1990

Nick Suarez
Posted: April 8, 2009

The Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle is the crown jewel of the family-owned and -operated Paul Jaboulet Aîné winery. The wine has set records for Rhône wines at auction: A case of the heralded 1961 brought in $252,000 in a 2007 sale.

The auction results of the 1989 (96 points, $55 release price, $168 current auction price) and 1990 Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle (97 points, $60, $343) make for an interesting comparison. In the Northern Rhône, the 1990 vintage is considered superior to the 1989, but Jaboulet made quality Hermitage La Chapelle in both years. Nevertheless, the track records for the these bottlings at auction are quite different: The 1989 is currently trading for 51 percent less than the 1990.

This data comes from the Wine Spectator Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions. This chart plots the prices at auction for the 1989 and 1990 Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle.

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