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Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2017

The name Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné is synonymous with the greatest wines in the northern Rhône and their famed La Chapelle vineyard is as iconic as any in the region.

The 2017 vintage represents the fruit of ten years assiduous investment since the Frey family purchased the estate in 2006. Caroline Frey’s attention to detail, in both the winery and their extraordinary collection of 110ha of vineyards (all of which are now certified fully organic), reconfirms the wines of Paul Jaboulet in their rightful position as some of the very greatest in the region. Jeb Dunnuck writes, "the estate has been on an incredible roll, with their sensational 2015s, and now two strong vintages with their 2016s and 2017s." 

Following two exceptional vintages in 2015 and 2016, we were intrigued to see where the wines of 2017 would sit. Suffice to say Caroline and her team really haven’t missed a beat. Their 2017 vintage sits comfortably alongside them in quality, although stylistically a little different. For our favourite cuvées this is actually to their benefit, arguably outperforming the preceding two years. They are more structured than the 2016s, but a more approachable style than the 2015s, without losing any of the intensity.  

2017 was a relatively advanced year in the vineyards, with both warmer and drier conditions than average but, crucially, the vital rainfall in the summer months arrived at critical moments protecting the vines from any hydric stress. It is a year where the very best vineyard locations came into their own, with the berries in these locations reaching complete phenolic ripeness. 2017 is a vintage which has produced wines with controlled ripeness, great intensity and the potential for immense longevity. The 45th parallel on which these great vineyards lie has been referred to as a magical line for making exceptional wine and Jaboulet’s 2017s fit that description perfectly.

**Available for delivery from November 2019**