** THIS OFFER IS NOW EFFECTIVELY CLOSED. WE HAVE TAKEN SOME ADVANCE SPARE STOCK OF THESE WINES. THESE BOTTLES ARE AVAILABLE TO ORDER FOR AS LONG AS THEY LAST.
NOTE THAT WINES ARRIVE IN EARLY OCTOBER! **
We've long had an association with - and huge respect for - Jaboulet (aka Paul Jaboulet Aîné) of the Northern Rhône. As institutions of the Rhône and its appellations - and of Old World wine in general - they sit in the very upper tier.
The wines - and especially their flagship, their standard-bearer, the La Chapelle Hermitage - are some of the best known labels and names in French wine.
The 2018 vintages of Jaboulet's higher-echelon wines from across the Northern Rhone appellations - Hermitage, Crozes Hermitage, St Joseph, Cote-Rotie, Cornas and Condrieu - both reds and whites (where allowed) - are to be released late this summer ...
... reaching us and you in late September or early October. Please note that they are not yet bottled and not immediately available. There's more on the wines below.
We are taking orders (and payment!) for these wines from now until noon on Friday 29th May, these orders then being reserved with Jaboulet for bottling, and delivered by us to customers as above (subject to usual Exel delivery charges and exemptions; these wines combinable with others as long as all delivered together in October!).
One of the great advantages in ordering from us is that we don't insist that you take full cases of 6. If you want just 1,2,3, etc bottles, perhaps to make up a mixed case of Jaboulet 2018s, you can happily do that. We'll be doing it ourselves...
Fore more information on the appellations and Jaboulet in 2018, click this link for information pack.
The big questions, of course, are "How good was 2018 in the Northern Rhône?" and "Should I get take some of these wines?".
The latter is a personal question, of course. If you like the wines of the Rhone and have the budget, the 2018s will definitely not disappoint.
Decanter (www.decanter.com) here rated 2018 in the Northern Rhone a 4-out-of-5 vintage. Their view, summed up as "very hot and dry, resulting in a plentiful ripe crop. Many wines with low acidity and potent alcohol, but those that could achieve balance made impressive wines".
(It would be our observation that it is these hotter years in the Northern Rhône that go on to be seen more positively still as the wine mature).
Wine Advocate were perhaps more buoyant still: we've a condensed report of their view here.
Perhaps most powerful of all are the reports and reviews on the individual 2018 wines from Wine Advocate, Jeb Dunnuck and James Suckling. These appear on the individual product pages (click bottle icons at foot of page).
There are 9 wines on offer for delayed delivery. They include
- the hallowed La Chapelle Hermitage;
- and its excellent, superb-value 'second wine' counterpart, the La Maison Bleue Hermitage;
- Don't miss the Crozes Hermitages - the two reds (Domaine de Roure and Domaine de Thalabert) year-after-year stand head-and-shoulders above the typical standard of Crozes and match that of many Hermitages proper. The Thalabert is a true Exel Wines stalwart!
- The Mule Blanche white Crozes (taken from the Thalabert plot) is also partiularly good. This, in fact, is already in the UK for order within a few days. The two 2018 Cotes du Rhônes are also in immediate supply.
Since the early 19th century Paul Jaboulet Aine has been synonymous with quality wine in the Rhone. In 1834, Antoine Jaboulet (1807-1864) started working the land in this region, creating a lasting link between the Jaboulet name and the Rhone over the generations. This famous Rhone winery was bought by the Frey family in 2006. The Freys, owners of Chateau la Lagune in Bordeaux, saw the potential of the vineyards. They have brought renewed energy to this corner of France.
50% Grenache Blanc, 20% Marsanne, 20% Viognier, 10% Bourboulenc. This wine is vinified in stainless steel tanks before being aged for 2 to 3 months, 50% of which occurs in oak casks.
This wine is bright pale yellow in colour. It has fresh pear and stone fruit on the nose, with fine citrus acidity on the palate to balance the ample fruit intensity. It has a long yet appealing sherbet and pear finish. Like the better class of white Cotes du Rhones in which it belongs, it combines refreshing acidity (primarily from the Bourboulenc component) with a fuller body/mouthfeel (especially from the Marsanne and Viognier).
NB: fans of Jaboulet's Parallele 45 white may like to note that this is exactly the same wine under a different (off-trade) label: the same is true of the Parallele 45/Secret de Famille red CdR.
ABV = 13.5%.