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.
Les Sauvagères is the local name for Marsanne in Saint-Peray, implying the wild tendency of the vines to dig into the steep limestone of this tiny town. The entire appellation comprises only 70 ha, making it one of the smallest AOCs in the Rhone valley (depending on your view of the microscopic enclave of Chateau-Grillet). This is one of the rare terroirs in the Northern Rhone - nearly all production here is sparkling wines - with an abundance of limestone, yielding a laser precise and mineral white. Thsi wine is specifically from a sector of pure limestone next to the steep hills of the ruins of Chateau Crussol.
100% Marsanne. Average vine age is just over 30 years. Aged for nine months in French oak barrels, 20% of them new.
A pure, fresh, mineral style of Saint-Peray. Floral and fruity on the nose, the palate being slightly creamy/buttery with good hints of vanilla. Aromas of lemon curd, green apple and jasmine. Dry and taut in the mouth, offering brisk citrus and orchard fruit flavors.