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Six bottles 1990 Hermitage La Chapelle, Paul Jaboulet Ainé – Sotheby’s

Lot 495 Hermitage La Chapelle 1990 copyAway from the Côte d’Or and Médoc, the Rhône has been quietly growing in stature in recent years.

Liv-ex recently noted that it was the French region to have attracted the most monthly trade so far in 2013.

Jaboulet’s La Chapelle has starred in a few auctions in recent years but remains relatively affordable – but for how long? Indeed, a consignment direct from the cellars spanning 1948-2010 is up for sale at Sotheby’s Hong Kong this weekend (7 September) – with a half case of the 1961 valued at HK$280,000 – HK$380,000 (US$35,000 – US$50,000).

The La Las are apparently the Rhône leaders but it can’t be long before someone latches on to the excellent quality and value of more of the region’s wines.

At 21 years old this is also said to be drinking beautifully and still with some life to it – £1,500 – £2,000.

Another half case of the 1989 is up for £600 – £750 (labels are slightly bin soiled).


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