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Paul Jaboulet Aine Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Les Cedres 2015 (1x75cl)

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 Cedres is produced from a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Cinsault, 10% Mourvèdre. On average, the vines are more than 50 years of age. 30% is sourced from Jaboulet domaine fruit. Yields are low, even for Chateauneuf, at 30 hl/ha, creating greater a wine of greater concentration and intensity.

The different terroirs that make up the wine represent the diversity of soils found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The Grenache comes from pebbly clay and limestone terraces, the Mourvèdre is grown on more sandy soils and the Cinsault is grown on the famed galets of the region.

The wines are 100% aged in aged for 12 months in large, used, French oak cuves tronconiques of around 150 hl.

Deep garnet color with brick-red rim. Mature nose with earthy notes of dried plums, tobacco and spicy oak. Medium-to-full bodied, well balanced with powerful flavours of dried plums, tobacco, sweet liquorice and spicy oak. Great harmony, smooth mouthfeel and a long finish.

£29.75

Paul Jaboulet Aine Condrieu Domaine Grands Amandiers 2016 (1x 75cl)

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.

Treasured by the Popes of Avignon in the 14th Century, the story of Condrieu has evolved alongside the history of France. At the beginning of the last century, only about 10 hectares of vineyards remained. The creation of the Condrieu AOC  in 1940, however, paved the way for the rebirth of Condrieu and its ascension to the greatest heights among the white wines of France today.

Soil: Granite broken down into arenite (sand). Average vine age: 25 years+. 

100% Viognier. Bunches of grapes pressed whole, then fermented in oak barrels, 15% of which are made from brand new wood. Subsequently Aged in French oak barrels for 10 months.

Floral aromas (lily of the valley, jasmine) merge superbly with fruity aroamas (apricot, lychee). On the palate, a fresh, mineral attack with great persistence. A superbly balanced wine, with great length and elegance to spare.

£59.95

Paul Jaboulet Aine Cotes du Rhone Blanc Secret de Famille 2015 (1x75cl)

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.

£11.30

Paul Jaboulet Aine Cotes Du Rhone Rouge Parallele 45 2015 (1x 75cl)

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.

This, their “everyday” (if Jaboulet can ever be described as “everyday”) Côtes du Rhône brings all that winemaking experience to bear brilliantly for not much more than a tenner. 

Soils: Shingle with clay, stony “argillaceous limestone” soil, pebbles.

Traditional vinification with long vatting, controlled fermentation temperatures. Aged 75% in stainless steel tanks, 25% in large French oak vats for 12 months. Syrah (40%) and Grenache (60%).

It is elegant, fruity and full-bodied and brings together the Grenache and Syrah in a rather more powerful, spicy (yet balanced) form than we find with most Côtes du Rhône. The nose is characterized by notes of black fruit, exotic spices (curry and sandalwood) with a rounded and delicate mouthfeel.

NB: fans of Jaboulet's Secret de Famille red may like to note that this is exactly the same wine under a different (on-trade) label: the same is true of the Parallele 45/Secret de Famille white CdR.

£11.85

Paul Jaboulet Ainé Cotes du Rhone Rouge Secret de Famille 2015 (1x75cl)

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.

This, their “everyday” (if Jaboulet can ever be described as “everyday”) Côtes du Rhône brings all that winemaking experience to bear brilliantly for not much more than a tenner. 

Soils: Shingle with clay, stony “argillaceous limestone” soil, pebbles.

Traditional vinification with long vatting, controlled fermentation temperatures. Aged 75% in stainless steel tanks, 25% in large French oak vats for 12 months. Syrah (40%) and Grenache (60%).

It is elegant, fruity and full-bodied and brings together the Grenache and Syrah in a rather more powerful, spicy (yet balanced) form than we find with most Côtes du Rhône. The nose is characterized by notes of black fruit, exotic spices (curry and sandal wood) with a rounded and delicate mouthfeel.

NB: fans of Jaboulet's Parallele 45 red 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 white CdR.

£11.40

Paul Jaboulet Aine Cotes du Ventoux Rouge Les Traverses 2016 (1x75cl

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.

The name Ventoux Les Traverses comes from the walls which support the earth and protect it from the significant erosion in this region, where a strong wind, the infamous Mistral, blows throughout the year. Clay and limestone soils typify the Jaboulet plots here. 

This wine undergoes traditional fermentation at a controlled temperature. It is then aged in stainless steel tanks.

80% Grenache, 20% Syrah.

Deep garnet in colour, with violet lights. Attractive perfumes of tart red berries and a hint of liquorice on the nose give way to ripe, juicy red fruit on the palate, with a long, peppery finish. Or, as Jaboulet say, "Brilliant red berries! A soft mouth. A very harmonious wine".

£10.35

Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage Blanc Domaine Mule Blanche 2016 (1x75cl)

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 in French oak barrels. Traditional ageing provides freshness in the mouth with a range of complex aromas.

Aromatic nose of white flowers, hawthorn and acacia, with a delicate woody final note. Supple and well-rounded with an harmonious fresh finish.

£25.75

Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage Blanc Les Jalets 2017 (1x75cl)

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.

One of two white Crozes Hermitages produced by Jaboulet, Les Jalets takes its name from the old French, meaning (big) pebbles. The vienyard is located on the steep terraces of Les Chassis.These round pebbles were generated by the alpine glaciers and transported up to the terraces of Crozes Hermitage by powerful rivers, approximately 30,000 years ago. The soil of alluvium and these pebbles is typical of the Crozes Hermitage appellation. These soils are deep and superbly suited to excellent vineyards for the creation of powerfull, round wines.

Vine age at Les Jalets (for the whites) is some 30 years. Contains 20% domaine fruit, including from both Mule Blanche And Raymond Roure plots. Grapes are harvested by hand into 15kg crates, then pressed directly so as to minimise the danger of oxidation. The wines is vinified in older oak casks for some 30% of the blend, ie the alcoholic fermentation is carried out in barrels with stirring/bâtonnage performed to enable the (fine) lees to remain in suspension, adding depth and compexity to the wine.

100% Marsanne. A most elegant wine, this white Crozes Hermitage has the classic aromas and flavours of Marsanne: highly floral with flavours of citrus fruit and peach. Fresh and light, with a roasted almond finish.

£19.60

Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage Domaine De Thalabert 2013 (1x75cl)

Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) (see blue link below).

Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage Domaine De Thalabert 2013 - Decanter review

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 Domaine de Thalabert Crozes-Hermitage, as the Oxford Companion to Wine describes it, remains the "appellation's principal standard bearer". It has long been seen as having the quality of nearby Hermitage, particularly in good vintages, at only a small fraction of the price. See this link for an excellent guided tasting of the 2012 vintage by one of the world's leading sommeliers.

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. Domaine de Thalabert has belonged to the Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné since 1834. It is situated on the plain, and is the oldest in the appellation.

This estate of around 40 ha lies on a pebbly plain that is glacial in origin. The small, round pebbles store heat during the day and release it at night, providing optimum ripening of the Syrah grapes  Average vine age is an impressive 40 to 60 years.

100% Syrah. The grapes from the Thalabert estate are carefully sorted then meticulously vinified using traditional methods. Traditionally aged in wood for 12 months in Jaboulet's ancient VINEUM cellar.

Deep ruby and bright. Intense, complex and aromatic with a blend of red berries and animal notes. Powerful and fine; noble tannins; full, well-balanced finish.

£29.90

Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage Rouge Les Jalets 2016 (1x 75cl)

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 Les Jalets comes from the soil nature of the vineyards, located in the plain of Les Chassis, stemming from the word jalets,  is the Old French word for the pebbles left by alpine glaciers, as famously found at Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Average vine age is around 25 years. 

100% Syrah. Grapes were destemmed, crushed and subject to a thermo-regulated alcoholic fermentation then vattied over 3 weeks. Ageing/elevage  was in old French oak vats for 12 months.

Bright ruby red in colour with a violet hue. Round and concentrated. This fruit-driven red Crozes Hermitage is a classic. It shows the real typicity of the area (red berries, liquorice, spices, peppers). On the nose, it is intense but approachable, with perfumes of red berries and a touch of spice. On the palate, it is smooth and rich, with more liquorice on the finish.

£20.25

Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle 1998 (1x150cl)

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. Since the takeover, Caroline Frey has successfully transformed the entire range, putting more emphasis on greater fruit expression and dramatically reducing the amount of new oak. The only way is up for this transformed domaine.

This 1998 magnum pre-dates the Frey ownership.

Jaboulet’s most celebrated wine is its Hermitage La Chapelle, named after the chapel that overlooks this most celebrated of vineyards. Jaboulet have owned the chapel since the end of WWI. It is a true icon of the Northern Rhone and marks where the best of the very best vines are grown.

The diversity of terroirs on the Hermitage slopes gives La Chapelle wine an identity of its own, thanks to the blending of grapes from different plots. The Syrah vines (average age now of 60 years) are planted in rich and varied soils from varing plots/lieux-dits (les Bessards, les Greffieux, le Méal and les Rocoules).

Grapes are brought down from the slopes of l’Hermitage on small sledges, after which they are sorted by hand and vinified traditionally in the wineries. Final blending is carried out during the ageing process and is done through selection of different parcels. La Chapelle is aged in wood in the ancient Vineum cellar for 15 to 18 months, during which times the the wines are also racked.

Highly complex, with aromas and flavours of black fruits and sweet spices. Full and generous, silky tannins and a very long finish. This wine has the potential to age for many decades.

£395.00

Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle 2012 (1 x75cl)

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. Since the takeover, Caroline Frey has successfully transformed the entire range, putting more emphasis on greater fruit expression and dramatically reducing the amount of new oak. The only way is up for this transformed domaine.

Jaboulet’s most celebrated wine is its Hermitage La Chapelle, named after the chapel that overlooks this most celebrated of vineyards. Jaboulet have owned the chapel since the end of WWI. It is a true icon of the Northern Rhone and marks where the best of the very best vines are grown.

The diversity of terroirs on the Hermitage slopes gives La Chapelle wine an identity of its own, thanks to the blending of grapes from different plots. The Syrah vines (average age now of 60 years) are planted in rich and varied soils from varing plots/lieux-dits (les Bessards, les Greffieux, le Méal and les Rocoules).

Grapes are brought down from the slopes of l’Hermitage on small sledges, after which they are sorted by hand and vinified traditionally in the wineries. Final blending is carried out during the ageing process and is done through selection of different parcels. La Chapelle is aged in wood in the ancient Vineum cellar for 15 to 18 months, during which times the the wines are also racked.

Highly complex, with aromas and flavours of black fruits and sweet spices. Full and generous, silky tannins and a very long finish. This wine has the potential to age for many decades.

£136.30

Paul Jaboulet Ainé Hermitage La Petite Chapelle 2012 (1x75cl)

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.

This is Jaboulet's "other" red Hermitage - the one that isn't La Chapelle - and it represents incredible value for the Hermitage buyer. Exel's Business Development man regards this as one of the finest bottles he has (yet) tasted.

The grapes from the various plots of this estate, situated on the Hermitage hill, are vinified separately, right up until the final blending, which takes place one year after the harvest. This is how Jaboulet's create two red Hermitages, La Chapelle and La Petite Chapelle are created. The first vintage of La Petite Chapelle was 2001. The Syrah vines are planted in rich and varied soils with very diverse terroirs (Les Bessards, Les Greffieux, Le Méal and Les Rocoules). It is the richness of these different terroirs that provides La Petite Chapelle with its complexity.

Grapes are brought down from the slopes of l’Hermitage on small sledges, after which they are sorted by hand and vinified traditionally. Final blending is carried out during the ageing process and is done through judicious selection from the different terroirs of l’Hermitage. La Petite Chapelle is aged in wood in Jaboulet's ancient VINEUM cellar for 15 to 18 months. During this process the wines are also racked.

100% Syrah. Vine age is 40 to 60 years.

Deep black cherry colour, attractively bright. Intense and aromatic with sweet spices, floral notes of peonies and very ripe fruit. Powerful and harmonious attack, noble tannins and a very long finish.

£54.80

Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage Le Chevalier De Sterimberg 2014 (1x 75cl)

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.

Why Chevalier de Sterimberg? The little chapel of Saint-Christophe is situated at the top of the hillside. It was built in 1235 by the knight Gaspard de Stérimberg after he gained the permission of the ‘White Queen of Castille’ to establish his hermitage on this hill after being injured during the Albigensian crusade of 1224. 

The Sterimberg's Roussanne and Marsanne grapes are grown in clay-chalk and sandy, pebble soils on the hill of Hermitage's steep slopes, producing complex and elegant white wines. Average vine age is 35 years.

The grapes are harvested by hand into small, 20kg crates, then pressed straight away so as to minimise any risk of oxidation. The wines are then vinified traditionally in oak. Following malolactic fermentation, also in oak, the lees are regularly brought back into suspension through stirring/batonnage over the 10 to 12 month ageing process, providing the wines with elegant and complex aromas.

65% Marsanne/35% Roussanne.

Rich and complex, aromas of ripe pears, notes of pastry, honey and caramel, delicately woody. Full and warm, blending together great strength, finesse and elegance.

£50.90

Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage Le Chevalier De Sterimberg 2015 (1x 75cl)

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.

Why Chevalier de Sterimberg? The little chapel of Saint-Christophe is situated at the top of the hillside. It was built in 1235 by the knight Gaspard de Stérimberg after he gained the permission of the ‘White Queen of Castille’ to establish his hermitage on this hill after being injured during the Albigensian crusade of 1224. 

The Sterimberg's Roussanne and Marsanne grapes are grown in clay-chalk and sandy, pebble soils on the hill of Hermitage's steep slopes, producing complex and elegant white wines. Average vine age is 35 years.

The grapes are harvested by hand into small, 20kg crates, then pressed straight away so as to minimise any risk of oxidation. The wines are then vinified traditionally in oak. Following malolactic fermentation, also in oak, the lees are regularly brought back into suspension through stirring/batonnage over the 10 to 12 month ageing process, providing the wines with elegant and complex aromas.

65% Marsanne/35% Roussanne.

Rich and complex, aromas of ripe pears, notes of pastry, honey and caramel, delicately woody. Full and warm, blending together great strength, finesse and elegance.

£50.90