Offers | Jaboulet's 2019 En Primeur Releases
Jaboulet has just released their 2019s and we love them. After tasting last week over Zoom with owner Caroline Frey we cannot fault the range and neither can the critics: both Matthew Jukes and Jeb Dunnuck have heaped the wines with praise, with the famous flagship wine, Hermitage La Chapelle, even receiving a perfect score from Jukes.
2019 was warm and dry, but through thoughtful biodynamic practices Caroline has mastered the vintage, producing wines of such outstanding quality and freshness from her sublime terroirs. As Jukes notes, “The care and attention in this entire portfolio of wines are evident and the hard work and holistic approach are not only paying off in the vineyards but also in the glass, too, and this makes 2019 another phenomenally successful vintage for Jaboulet”.
We are excited to offer two whites and three reds that shone in our tasting. They have all rightly received impressive scores and while delicious in their youth, it will be thrilling to tuck them away and check in over the years.
- Crozes Hermitage La Mule Blanche @ £99/6btls IB and brimming with citrus, honeysuckle and fresh apples.
- Hermitage Le Chevalier de Sterimberg @ £210/6btls IB, an effortlessly elegant wine that Jukes describes as “the most exciting Chevalier I have ever tasted… it rivals the very best whites from this region and others besides”.
- Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert @ £99/6btls IB, is a fantastic value Crozes. As Jukes notes, “The exquisite balance between ravishing fruit and refreshing, robust tannins is mesmerising. This is a stupendous Thalabert”.
- St Joseph La Croix des Vignes @ £145/6btls IB is a chiselled, granite-soaked example tinged with violets and wild herbs.
- Cornas Domaine de St Pierre @ £199/6btls IB shows evocative juicy dark fruits and black olive.
Finally, the two superstars: the stunning and deeply complex Hermitage La Maison Bleue and Hermitage La Chapelle. From vineyards located on either side of the famous hill, they are two remarkable but very different bottlings. Matthew Jukes calls the Maison Bleue “absolutely sensational” and, so close to sheer perfection, he hands it 19++ points, concluding, “You simply must track it down!”. But Jaboulet's most serious cuvée, La Chapelle, receives Juke's top score, 20++ points. He says, “this is a pristinely refreshing wine with crunch and crackle of filigree tannin which enlivens every sip… this is one of only a handful of vintages of La Chapelle to which I have awarded a perfect score”. Having tasted ourselves last week, we concur that the pent up power in both of these wines is palpable, we are excited to see them unfurl.
In short, this benchmark Northern Rhône estate has given us a compelling set of wines that you shall no doubt enjoy as much as us.
- IN BOND prices exclude UK Duty and VAT. Wines can be purchased In Bond for storage in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse, or for export to non-EU countries. Duty and VAT must be paid before delivery can take place.
- RETAIL prices include UK Duty and VAT. Wines for UK delivery can only be purchased this way.
- Duty Paid wines have been removed from Bond and cannot subsequently be returned to Bond. VAT is payable on Duty Paid wines. These wines must remain Duty Paid but can be purchased as such for storage subject to VAT.
- En Primeur wines can only be purchased In Bond. On arrival in the UK these wines can either be stored In Bond in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse or delivered directly to you. When you decide to take delivery, Duty and VAT at the prevailing rate become payable.
- IB: In Bond. These wines have had no UK Duty or VAT paid on them. Wines can be purchased In Bond for storage in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse, or for export to non-EU countries.
- DP: Duty Paid. Wines for immediate UK delivery must be purchased Duty Paid. VAT is payable on Duty Paid wines. Wines which have been removed from Bond cannot subsequently be returned to Bond. They must remain Duty Paid but can be purchased as such for storage subject to VAT.
- EP: En Primeur. These wines are lying in the Domaines’ cellars until shipping. They can only be purchased In Bond. On arrival in the UK these wines can either be stored In Bond in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse or delivered directly to you. When you decide to take delivery, Duty and VAT at the prevailing rate become payable.