New Release | Paul Jaboulet Aine’s epic 2018s
Caroline Frey and her team at Jaboulet are rightly proud of the exceptional quality of their wines in the “great” 2018 vintage.
We were immensely impressed tasting the entire range last week. It is a sensational selection of wines of the very highest quality in every appellation where Jaboulet have vineyard holdings. These are our four favourite red wines of the vintage, all of which received whopping scores from the critics:
- The Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert, a Jaboulet stalwart, is described as “opulent”, “lush and velvety” and garners 93-95 points from the Wine Advocate
- St Joseph Domaine de la Croix des Vignes 2018 merits 94-96 points and is “another Jaboulet property that's never been better” with a “rich and sumptuous” finish.
- The brilliant value, “compelling”, “full-bodied, velvety and plush,” 94-96 point Hermitage Domaine de Maison Bleue 2018
- The epic Hermitage La Chapelle 2018 scoring a potential 100 points from the Wine Advocate and described by Jeb Dunnuck as “beautifully pure, balanced, massively endowed”
Please see below for full availability, including their three celebrated whites, Condrieu Les Grands Amandiers, Crozes Hermitage Blanc Mule Blanche and Hermitage Blanc Chevalier de Sterimberg.
Jaboulet are now certified organic in almost all their vineyards and practice biodynamic farming as well. Even their largest-production label, Thalabert, is hand-picked and each parcel of land is managed with a view to long-term sustainability. Attention to detail in the vineyards was crucial to success in 2018 and this is exactly what their biodynamic practices allowed.
Rhône expert Jeb Dunnuck comments: “Caroline Frey... has singlehandedly brought this estate back to its former glory, particularly with their Hermitage releases. Their second wine today, the Maison Bleue, is unquestionably a better wine than many past vintages of their flagship La Chapelle, and I suspect will age even longer.”
Although 2018 is referred to as a dry year, crucially in the northern Rhone, when the rain did come, it was in helpful volumes at vital times of the year. In mid-July and early August particularly, well-timed rainfall allowed the healthy soils to support the vines’ growth cycle.
In short, these fabulous wines have depth, a noticeable degree of power supported by bright energetic freshness, which gives them energy and excitement. We cannot endorse these wines more strongly in 2018.
**Available for delivery from mid October 2020.**
These wines are not available online please email or call us for details.