Since the early 19th Century, Paul Jaboulet Ainé has been synonymous with quality wine in the Rhône Valley. Jaboulet’s Hermitages - white and red - and most of their upper wines - are the stuff of legend. The 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 brought renewed energy to this corner of France and to one of its greatest names.
The name Mule Blanche comes from the days before mechanisation, when mules were used in the Jaboulet vineyards, as they were hardier than draughthorses.
The Mule Blanche estate is located on a glacio-fluvial plain with clay-chalk soil; vines here have an average age of some 50 years.
50% Marsanne, 50% Roussanne (as distinct from the 100% Marsanne Les Jalets). Hand-picked grapes are whole-bunch pressed, following which the must settles for 2 days before being racked. The wine is then oak fermented and aged for 9-10 months (55% French oak of which 5% is new, 25% small concrete eggs, and 20% stainless steel tank). Traditional ageing provides freshness in the mouth with a range of complex aromas. Malolactic fermentation is blocked and there is no battonage.
The Mule Blanche has an aromatic nose of white flowers, hawthorn and acacia, with a delicate woody final note. It is supple and well-rounded with an harmonious fresh finish.