The 2016 vintage was awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2018 focus on the Jaboulet family (see blue link below).
Maison Les Alexandrins is the newly renamed collaboration between Nicolas Jaboulet, formerly of the eponymous winery in Tain, winemaker Guillaume Sorrel and viticulturalist Alexandre Caso. Each person brings their expertise to this micro-négociant, an extension of Domaine Les Alexandrins, established in 2015. The aim of Maison Les Alexandrins remains the same: to buy parcels of fruit from some of the top growers in each appellation in the Northern Rhône. Maison and Domaine Les Alexandrins will soon be a permanent fixture in the Northern Rhône with a new winery under construction in Tain-l’Hermitage.
The soil in Saint-Joseph is mainly composed of granite. The vineyard spreads out 60km along the right bank of the Rhône river. The aim of the winemakers was to make a balanced wine using grapes from two different locations: from the north of the appellation, which bring minerality and fruit, and from the historical centre of Saint Joseph that give more flesh to the wine. The blending makes wines with great distinction and wonderfully balanced.
The 2017 vintage began with a mild winter, followed by lower temperatures in May with some heavy rain during the flowering period, which led to a reduction in yields. By mid-June, the weather improved, becoming warm and dry, ideal growing conditions for the grapes. The wines give an impression of opulence, concentration and generosity. Ageing will allow the wines to soften and slowly find their balance.
The grapes were cold-macerated for three days before being fermented to increase the aromas of fruit. They were then fermented for 20 days with pumping-over for the first two days followed by punching down. The blend was then left to age in one and two year old barrels for 10 months to bring concentration to the wine.
This wine is deep ruby red in colour. On the nose, there are rich aromas of wild fruits, cocoa and a hint of minerality. On the palate, it is fullbodied with soft, fresh tannins. This powerful wine has a distinct elegance to it and a long, lingering finish.