Paul Jaboulet Aine

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Paul Jaboulet Aine: The Importance

A benchmark producer for Rhône wines, Jaboulet has faced its fair share of challenges over the last two decades, but it is now becoming clear that with the right guidance, Jaboulet is right back where it belongs as a top producer, creating some of the most exceptional wines in the region and dazzling critics and consumers alike.

 

Jaboulet produces a huge range of wines; in fact, they sell a range of more than 20 different wines, growing grapes across 26 different appellations in the Rhône, including Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cornas, Gigondas, Côte-Rôtie, Crozes-Hermitage, St Joseph and Beaumes-de-Venise. There is also a range of white wines and the Parallele 45 range, the latter being an earlier drinking, more approachable style. Their Hermitage La Chapelle, however, is clearly the star, and has attracted widespread praise for its power and quality to become a legendary Rhône wine. Some of the best vintages for La Chapelle are 1978, 1989, 1990, 2009, 2010, 2012, with the most famous vintage of La Chapelle being the famed 1961 vintage, which Jancis Robinson describes as “legendary”, and “the Rhônes most famous red wine”.

 

The characteristics of La Chapelle in a good vintage are, as Robert Parker describes of the 2009, of a wine which is deeply coloured with “enormous concentration in addition to an extraordinary bouquet of graphite, crème de cassis, blackberries, licorice, beef blood and a touch of smoked game,” with several decades of longevity. As Jeb Dunnuck writes, “At its best, Syrah, or wine for that matter, simply cannot get any better.”

 

As Parker writes: “If you have been off the Jaboulet bandwagon over the last decade or so, now is the time to jump back on for both whites and reds.”

 

Paul Jaboulet Aine: The Insight

Having suffered a dip in quality towards the end of the Jaboulet family’s running of this estate, quality is now firmly on the rise, and as Parker writes, “it did not take long for Caroline Frey to whip this somewhat rudderless (following the death of Gerard Jaboulet in the late 1990’s) estate into shape.” The 2009 vintage was the first one which truly exemplified the amount of work that went into the estate since the change of hands, showcasing the estate’s return to the quality for which it had been known and loved for decades.

 

The domaine is planted with classic Rhône grape varieties; Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre for the red and Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier for the whites. Although the Hermitage La Chapelle is the most famous of the wines produced at the estate, several of the other wines produced here have received significant praise from critics such as Parker, including the Cornas Domaine de St Pierre, Crozes Hermitage Thalabert and the St Joseph Domaine de la Croix des Vignes, as well as praise for the white wines produced, such as the La Chapelle Blanc and the Hermitage Chevalier de Sterimberg.

 

Paul Jaboulet Aine: The Background

Paul Jaboulet Aîné et Fils was originally founded in 1834 by Antoine Jaboulet, who passed it down to his two sons, Paul and Henri, the eldest of which gave his name to the estate. Over the years, it has been run by several different members of the Jaboulet family, with Louis Jaboulet and his son Jacques being responsible for some of the estate’s most outstanding vintages such as 1949, 1959 and 1961. Later, the estate was taken over by Jacques and his brother Gérard, when Louis retired in 1977, and many attribute the fluctuation in quality at Jaboulet with Gérard’s tragic passing in 1997. It is remarkable that this estate was able to stay in the hands of one family for so many years, showcasing the values of tradition and consistency, however it is clear that the more recent change of hands has done wonders for the estate and marks a new era in this estates rich history.

 

The estate was purchased in January 2006 by Jean-Jacques Frey whose family are investors in the Champagne house Billecart-Salmon and who own the Bordeaux château of La Lagune. His daughter, oenologist Caroline Frey, who was in charge of the wine-making at La Lagune took over the running of the estate with help from winemaker Jacques Desvernois and immediately started implementing changes such as doubling the amount of staff employed by the vineyard, moving all viticulture towards organic farming and slashing yields, all in order to improve the quality of the wine produced. This has clearly been a resounding success, and as Jeb Dunnuck writes, “this estate is well on its way toward making future legends such as the '61, '78 and '90.”

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2010 Evidence par Caroline Jaboulet; Paul French Regional

2010 Evidence par Caroline French Regional

£181.00
£181.00

2017 Hermitage la Maison Bleue Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

2017 Hermitage la Maison Bleue Rhone

£485.00
£485.00
£43.00

2017 St Joseph Domaine de la Croix des Vignes Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

2017 St Joseph Domaine de la Croix des Vignes Rhone

£312.00
£312.00

2017 Hermitage Le Chevalier de Sterimberg Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

2017 Hermitage Le Chevalier de Sterimberg Rhone

£472.00
£472.00

2017 Hermitage La Chapelle Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

2017 Hermitage La Chapelle Rhone

£1,560.00
£1,560.00
£783.00

2017 Crozes Hermitage Mule Blanche Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

2017 Crozes Hermitage Mule Blanche Rhone

£214.00
£214.00

2016 Hermitage La Chapelle Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

96.0

2016 Hermitage La Chapelle Rhone

96.0
£1,785.00
£1,785.00
£894.00
£1,785.00
£151.00
£298.00
£610.00

2016 Cotes du Rhone Parallele 45 Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

2016 Cotes du Rhone Parallele 45 Rhone

£91.00
£91.00

2016 Cornas St Pierre Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

2016 Cornas St Pierre Rhone

£483.00
£483.00
£242.00
£43.00

2016 Crozes Hermitage Thalabert Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

93.0

2016 Crozes Hermitage Thalabert Rhone

93.0
£249.00
£249.00
£126.00
£126.00
£24.00

2016 Hermitage la Maison Bleue Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

93.0

2016 Hermitage la Maison Bleue Rhone

93.0
£548.00
£548.00
£275.00
£548.00
£562.00
£49.00

2016 Crozes Hermitage Domaine Roure Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

94.0

2016 Crozes Hermitage Domaine Roure Rhone

94.0
£352.00
£352.00
£178.00
£33.00

2016 Hermitage Le Chevalier de Sterimberg Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

94.0

2016 Hermitage Le Chevalier de Sterimberg Rhone

94.0
£596.00
£596.00

2016 Condrieu Domaine des Grands Amandiers Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

2016 Condrieu Domaine des Grands Amandiers Rhone

£710.00
£710.00

2016 Crozes Hermitage Les Jalets Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

2016 Crozes Hermitage Les Jalets Rhone

£214.00
£214.00

2016 Cote Rotie Domaine des Pierrelles Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

93.0

2016 Cote Rotie Domaine des Pierrelles Rhone

93.0
£573.00
£573.00
£51.00

2016 Hermitage Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

2016 Hermitage Rhone

£1,960.00
£1,960.00

2016 St Joseph Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

2016 St Joseph Rhone

£373.00
£373.00

2015 Crozes Hermitage Thalabert Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

93.33

2015 Crozes Hermitage Thalabert Rhone

93.33
£276.00
£276.00
£140.00
£276.00
£26.00

2015 Hermitage La Chapelle Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

95.0

2015 Hermitage La Chapelle Rhone

95.0
£1,995.00
£1,995.00
£999.00
£168.00

2015 Hermitage la Maison Bleue Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

93.67

2015 Hermitage la Maison Bleue Rhone

93.67
£419.00
£419.00
£210.00
£38.00

2015 Crozes Hermitage Mule Blanche Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

90.0

2015 Crozes Hermitage Mule Blanche Rhone

90.0
£214.00
£112.00

2015 Condrieu Les Cassines Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

2015 Condrieu Les Cassines Rhone

£490.00
£490.00

2015 Crozes Hermitage Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

2015 Crozes Hermitage Rhone

£331.00
£331.00
£31.00

2015 Cotes du Rhone Parallele 45 Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

2015 Cotes du Rhone Parallele 45 Rhone

£65.00
£65.00
£9.00

2014 Hermitage La Chapelle Blanc Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

94.0

2014 Hermitage La Chapelle Blanc Rhone

94.0
£1,709.00
£1,709.00
£857.00
£1,709.00
£1,752.00
£286.00

2014 Hermitage Le Chevalier de Sterimberg Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

93.0

2014 Hermitage Le Chevalier de Sterimberg Rhone

93.0
£528.00
£528.00

2014 Hermitage La Chapelle Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

91.0

2014 Hermitage La Chapelle Rhone

91.0
£1,250.00
£1,250.00
£625.00
£1,250.00

2014 Hermitage La Petite Chapelle Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

2014 Hermitage La Petite Chapelle Rhone

£346.00
£346.00
£32.00

2013 Hermitage La Chapelle Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

91.0

2013 Hermitage La Chapelle Rhone

91.0
£1,189.00
£1,189.00
£594.00
£1,189.00
£102.00
£200.00

2013 Hermitage La Petite Chapelle Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

89.5

2013 Hermitage La Petite Chapelle Rhone

89.5
£425.00
£425.00
£213.00

2013 Cotes du Rhone Parallele 45 Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

2013 Cotes du Rhone Parallele 45 Rhone

£68.00
£68.00
£9.00

2013 Hermitage Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

2013 Hermitage Rhone

£1,489.00
£126.00

2012 Hermitage La Chapelle Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

97.0

2012 Hermitage La Chapelle Rhone

97.0
£1,098.00
£549.00
£1,079.00
£549.00

2012 Cote Rotie Les Jumelles Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

2012 Cote Rotie Les Jumelles Rhone

£693.00
£693.00

2012 Hermitage La Chapelle Blanc Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

94.0

2012 Hermitage La Chapelle Blanc Rhone

94.0
£1,825.00
£1,825.00

2012 Hermitage La Petite Chapelle Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

92.0

2012 Hermitage La Petite Chapelle Rhone

92.0
£437.00
£39.00

2012 Crozes Hermitage Thalabert Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

91.0

2012 Crozes Hermitage Thalabert Rhone

91.0
£259.00
£259.00
£25.00

2011 Hermitage La Chapelle Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

95.0

2011 Hermitage La Chapelle Rhone

95.0
£999.00
£999.00
£262.00
£1,431.00

2011 Crozes Hermitage Thalabert Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

91.0

2011 Crozes Hermitage Thalabert Rhone

91.0
£231.00
£22.00

2011 Cornas St Pierre Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

93.0

2011 Cornas St Pierre Rhone

93.0
£482.00
£482.00
£43.00

2011 Hermitage La Petite Chapelle Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

2011 Hermitage La Petite Chapelle Rhone

£573.00
£573.00
£98.00

2010 Cote Rotie Domaine des Pierrelles Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

90.0

2010 Cote Rotie Domaine des Pierrelles Rhone

90.0
£605.00
£303.00
£53.00

2010 Hermitage La Petite Chapelle Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

92.0

2010 Hermitage La Petite Chapelle Rhone

92.0
£421.00
£421.00

2010 Hermitage La Chapelle Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

95.33

2010 Hermitage La Chapelle Rhone

95.33
£1,804.00
£1,804.00
£903.00
£1,804.00
£903.00
£1,849.00
NEW
£1,264.00

2009 Crozes Hermitage Domaine Roure Jaboulet; Paul Rhone

92.0

2009 Crozes Hermitage Domaine Roure Rhone

92.0
£315.00
£159.00
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