Rhône En Primeur: 2018 Paul Jaboulet Aine, including Hermitage 'La Chapelle' (98-100 pts)

Tuesday, March 10
2018 Paul Jaboulet Aine

 

Northern Rhône negociant Paul Jaboulet Aîné has been a success story of recent years, with their newly released 2018 vintage following an excellent run on vintages in 2015, '16 and '17.  The Wine Advocate's barrel score (98-100 points) for the flagship Hermitage 'La Chapelle' suggest potential perfection in this vintage, but the wines across the range also score brilliantly, especially relative to their pricing.  

Jaboulet's reputation was on a high from after the war, through to the 1990's.  Sadly, in 1992 Jacques Jaboulet (then winemaker) had a diving accident.  Gradually, junior members of the family took over the running of the business, but by the early 2000s were struggling to capture former success. 

Jaboulet was in danger of becoming a shadow of its former self, until the business was bought in 2006 by a Swiss financier, Jean-Jacques Frey.  His daughter Caroline Frey took over as oenologist and has largely been responsible for a gradual renaissance here over the last decade, focusing primarily on quality in the vineyard and a steady move to organics and biodynamics.

Forgive us if we repeat ourselves, but we think fine wines from the Rhône are very undervalued.  Commercial examples of appellations like Crozes-Hermitage, enjoyable though they may be, are a world away from these low production, terroir-driven cuvees.  Production ranges from just 246 cases of the Condrieu, to 300-400 cases of many of the other wines (only the Domaine Thalabert Crozes is produced in any volume, 7,300 cases).  A relatively dizzying 2,800 cases of La Chapelle itself are made, reflecting Jaboulet's famously rich holdings in Hermitage.  With most wines achieving point scores in the mid-nineties, the quality to value on offer is exceptional.

If we you would like to order, or would like us to call you to discuss the wines, please just e-mail us.

Offered en primeur and on allocation. Landing October 2020.

 

RED WINES

2018 Hermitage 'La Chapelle', Paul Jaboulet Aîné

"A deep, powerful, primordial wine (which is exactly what you’d expect for a great vintage of this cuvée), the inky hued 2018 Hermitage La Chapelle offers tons of crème de cassis as well as a liquid rock-like minerality, peppery herbs, burning embers, and graphite aromas and flavors. The palate mirrors the intensity of the bouquet and is full-bodied, concentrated, and tight, yet still packs a huge amount of baby fat. The 2018 is a beautifully pure, balanced, massively endowed La Chapelle that will need a decade of cellaring and keep for 3-4 decades with no problems.  97-99 points." Jeb Dunnuck Dec 2019

"Jaboulet's 2018 Hermitage La Chapelle features scents of crushed stone, violets and cassis. It's a classic trio, backed by a wine that's full-bodied, rich and powerful yet also airy, somehow carrying intense plum and black olive flavors without any sense of heaviness or excess weight. Then the wine finishes long and softly dusty, with tannins that accentuate its savory character, picking up delicious hints of licorice at the very end. The proportion of new oak has been trimmed back to a very reasonable 20% and is hardly noticeable in the wine. 98-100 points".  Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, Dec 2019

£750 per 6 bottles in bond OR £775 per 3 magnums

2018 Hermitage 'Maison Bleue', Paul Jaboulet Aîné

"The 2018 Hermitage La Maison Bleue offers up aromas of mocha, raspberries and a hint of black olive. It's full-bodied, velvety and plush, with a finish that's marked by hints of maple syrup and a slightly open-knit quality. It should drink well for at least a decade after release.  93-95 points."  Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, Dec 2019

"A deep, powerful, primordial wine (which is exactly what you’d expect for a great vintage of this cuvée), the inky hued 2018 Hermitage La Chapelle offers tons of crème de cassis as well as a liquid rock-like minerality, peppery herbs, burning embers, and graphite aromas and flavors. The palate mirrors the intensity of the bouquet and is full-bodied, concentrated, and tight, yet still packs a huge amount of baby fat. The 2018 is a beautifully pure, balanced, massively endowed La Chapelle that will need a decade of cellaring and keep for 3-4 decades with no problems. 94-96 points." Jeb Dunnuck Dec 2019

£216 per 6 bottles in bond OR £225 per 3 magnums

2018 Crozes-Hermitage, Domaine Thalabert, Paul Jaboulet Aîné

"Although the fruit sourcing has changed from the old days, the 2018 Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert remains a solid offering in the Jaboulet lineup. Violets accent blackberries and plums on the nose, while the palate is full-bodied, lush and velvety, underscored by doses of salinity and licorice on the lengthy finish.  93-95 points".  Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, Dec 2019

"The 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert comes from deeper, pebbly soils and is a full-bodied, opulent wine. Notes of blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, ground pepper, and melted licorice all flow to a full-bodied wine that has tons of baby fat as well as sound underlying structure. 92-94 points."  Jeb Dunnuck Dec 2019

£98 per 6 bottles in bond OR £105 per 3 magnums

2018 Crozes-Hermitage 'Roure', Paul Jaboulet Aîné

"Showing a bit more oak and tannin than the Thalabert sample, Jaboulet's 2018 Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Roure offers up elements of crushed stone and cedar, followed by plummy fruit. It's full-bodied, rich and creamy-velvety in texture, with a long, lush finish and recurring cedar notes.  93-95 points."  Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, Dec 2019

"From a great, granitic terroir, the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Roure reveals a deep, saturated purple color as well as notes of juicy black fruits and crème de cassis intermixed with notes of graphite, ground herbs, and spring flowers. It’s full-bodied, has plenty of granite character and minerality, and a great finish.  93-95 points."  Jeb Dunnuck Dec 2019

£145 per 6 bottles in bond OR £150 per 3 magnums

2018 St Joseph 'La Croix des Vignes', Paul Jaboulet Aîné (VERY LIMITED)

"Located near Mauves and Tournon, this is another Jaboulet property that's never been better. The 2018 Saint Joseph Domaine de la Croix des Vignes features scents of ripe plums and crushed stone. It's full-bodied and softly dusty, with almost charcoal-like notes that finish rich and sumptuous. Yes, it sounds fanciful and possibly contradictory, but that's the closest I can come to describing it.  94-96 points."  Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, Dec 2019

"Lots of ripe black fruits, peppery herbs, and damp earth nuances emerge from the 2018 Saint Joseph La Croix Des Vignes. A full-bodied, powerful effort, it has a great mid-palate, plenty of ripe tannins, and the fruit to shine in its youth, yet the balance to evolve for over a decade. 92-94 points."  Jeb Dunnuck Dec 2019

£139 per 6 bottles in bond OR £145 per three magnums

2018 Cornas, Domaine de Saint Pierre, Paul Jaboulet Aîné

"Gentle notes of crushed stone accent red-currant fruit on the nose of the 2018 Cornas Domaine de Saint Pierre. There's a sense of tension in this medium to full-bodied wine, which walks a tightrope of ripeness to yield a wine that's velvety and rich yet fresh and vibrant on the finish. 92-94 points."  Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, Dec 2019

"The 2018 Cornas Domaine de Saint Pierre could turn out to be a real superstar, and it’s an incredibly impressive barrel sample. Lots of dark berry fruits, toasted spice, and cured meat notes give way to a full-bodied Cornas that has ripe tannins, subtle background oak, and a great finish.  92-95 points."  Jeb Dunnuck Dec 2019

£199 per 6 bottles in bond OR £205 per 3 magnums

2018 Côte-Rôtie, Domaine des Pierrelles, Paul Jaboulet Aîné (VERY LIMITED)

"This appellation was one of the standouts in 2018, and the 2018 Côte Rôtie Les Pierrelles gives up a sexy, voluptuous style that has loads to love. With plenty of blue fruits, tons of floral character, and hints of graphite, it’s going to put a smile on your face any time over the coming 10-12 years.  91-93 points."   Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, Dec 2019

"The team at Jaboulet has worked wonders with recent vintages of this cuvée. The 2018 Cote Rotie Domaine des Pierrelles looks as if it could be even better than the 2017, no small feat. Licorice and blueberries mark the nose, while the full-bodied palate folds in raspberries and baking spices (20% new oak is used for the elevage). Silky and plush, this finishes with tremendous vitality and length.  95-97 points."  Jeb Dunnuck Dec 2019

£230 per 6 bottles in bond or £236 per 3 magnums

 

WHITE WINES

 

2018 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc, Mule Blanche, Paul Jaboulet Aîné

"Burgundian notes of crushed citrus, white flowers, salty minerality, orange pith, and honeysuckle all emerge from the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Mule Blanc, and it's fresh, medium to full-bodied, concentrated and elegant on the palate. Give it a year or two. 93 points."  Jeb Dunnuck Dec 2019

£99 per 6 bottles in bond

2018 Condrieu 'Les Grands Amandiers', Paul Jaboulet Aîné

"White flowers, orange blossom, and hints of honeyed spice emerge from the 2018 Condrieu Les Grands Amandiers, another beautifully textured, medium-bodied, concentrated, yet straight and focused white. It's balanced, soft, and forward, yet superb.  92 points."  Jeb Dunnuck Dec 2019

£240 per 6 bottles in bond

 

Minimum order: One case as listed.
Allocations: We will email you as soon as possible to confirm your allocation.
Payment: On receipt of invoice.
Shipment: October 2020.
Delivery: Delivery, duty & VAT charged at prevailing rates at time of clearance from bond.

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