Description/ Tasting NotesForward, supple and sexy wine with plenty of cassis, black raspberry, jam-covered toast, honeysuckle and vanilla bean.
Winery Info/ Brand
Paul Jaboulet Aîné has been a trend-setting grower and shipper in the Rhône since 1834. The Jaboulet company was founded by Antoine Jaboulet, and his twin sons, Paul and Henri continued to expand the family business. The elder son ("aîné" in French), Paul, established the company in its present form and gave it his own name. Since then, the company has been run by successive generations of sons from that side of the Jaboulet family.
The House of Paul Jaboulet Aîné is one of the Rhône’s most recognizable wineries. The reputation of Jaboulet wines rests on the quality of the well-situated and well-tended vineyards, on low yields, careful vinification, and diligent aging in oak casks. The Jaboulet family prefers carefully integrated oak aging, in which the influence of wood is never allowed to become excessive. Since this is an important point, they have their own cooper who makes and maintains their stock of barrels.
Jaboulet wines symbolize robustness and elegance, essential qualities of great wines. Their crown jewel is their Hermitage La Chapelle which Clive Coates states ""is one of the great red wines of the world."" Thomas Matthews of Wine Spectator has singled out Jaboulet as a producer which offers reliable wines across the entire range of appellations (in the northern and southern Rhône).
Region Info/ Origin
The climate, terroir and grapes for the Northern Rhone Valley is quite different than South Rhone. Its much cooler and experiences more rain. Shorter growing season with unique Mediterranean climate influenced by its hillside terroir. Wind is an important factor in The Rhone terroir, keeping the grapes and vines clean from diseases.