** UNLIKE MOST OF THE 2018 JABOULETS, THIS WINE IS ALREADY IN THE UK BUT SUPPLIED TO ORDER WITH A LEAD TIME OF TYPICALLY 10 DAYS. FOR IMMEDIATE DESPATCH, WE OFFER THE 2017 VINTAGE! **
"Burgundian notes of crushed citrus, white flowers, salty minerality, orange pith, and honeysuckle all emerge from the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Mule Blanche, and it’s fresh, medium to full-bodied, concentrated and elegant on the palate". Jeb Dunnuck, December 2019
Jaboulet produces some of the world's greatest wines in the Rhone Valley with Hermitage La Chapelle being its most famous wine. It was for many years run by Gérard Jaboulet, who was one of the great ambassadors for Rhône wines, tirelessly travelling the world and spreading the Gospel according to the Holy Grail of Hermitage. He died suddenly in 1997 and the firm has been run by Philippe & Jacques Jaboulet, until 2006 when the real estate entrepreneur Jean-Jacques Frey purchased the wine company.
The Frey family has of long standing in the Champagne region and are owners of Château La Lagune in Bordeaux. Jacques and Nicolas Frey are now involved in the day-to-day running of the Maison Jaboulet, while Caroline Frey (pictured right), the eldest daughter, is at the helm of the wine-making team. Under Caroline’s leadership, in 2006, the vineyards earned Sustainable Farming status while Jaboulet's winegrowing is in the course of conversion towards biodynamic certification.
Jaboulet produces wine from 26 different appellations in the Rhône. The Crozes Hermitage vineyard is the largest of all the Northern Rhône Valley appellations. It extends over 11 communes situated in the Drôme, on the left bank of the Rhône. This wine comes from the plots called Conflans, one of the best terroirs of the appellation. The name of the cuvée comes from the draught animals that worked on these plots. These old vines, planted in high density, required the work of a mule, finer, much more agile and resistant than the traditional horse. These mules shaped these vines and left their mark through this slender and distinguished wine.
The autumn of 2017 was exceptionally dry. Winter 2017-18 was moderately watered and did not fully offset the water deficit. The winter season was very cool, temperatures returned to normal at the beginning of April resulting in later budburst. The whole spring was regularly and correctly watered. Temperatures remained and sometimes were above normal. These alternating hot and rainy periods led to very rapid growth of the vine. Phenology progressed very quickly and the season became early. At the beginning of July, temperatures were getting hotter/ the sanitary state of the vineyard was excellent, berries were juicy, well inflated and often larger than last year. The few rains in August allowed to unlock the situation and the harvest of September took place in a summer atmosphere under particularly heavy heat.
Click this link for Wine Advocate's review and opinion of the 2018 Northern Rhone harvest
Grapes were hand-picked, sorted on the plot, in small crates. The vatting period lasted around 4 weeks with gentle extractions. Aged in French oak barrels (20% new).
See also the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage Mule Blanche 2018 - fiche technique
50% Marsanne, 50% Roussanne.
For tasting notes, we refer you to the reviews above.
ABV = 14.0%.