Paul Jaboulet Aîné, founded in 1834 by Antoine Jaboulet, is one of the Rhône's most recognizable wineries. Its reputation rests on the quality of the well-situated and well-tended vineyards, on low yields, careful vinification and diligent ageing. Antoine's sons Paul and Henri continued to expand the business and have since kept it in the family with successive generations of Jaboulet Vignerons.
Jaboulet wines symbolize robustness and elegance, essential qualities of great wines. Their attention to detail and the finesse is exemplified in every wine they make, though their crown jewel Hermitage "La Chapelle" has been heralded as one of the great red wines of the world.
The family has instituted Caroline Frey as their lead winemaker, who is undoubtedly the most dominant woman in the field. She is not only the winemaker at Jaboulet in the Rhône but also works in Bordeaux and in Burgundy. She has worked tirelessly to implement organic and biodynamic practices at her vineyards, which she believes will safeguard workers, increase biodiversity in the vineyards, and, crucially, create higher quality wines. "The terroir has to be lively to give a good expression to the grapes and to the wines," she says. "And of course, it's important to take good care of the people in the vineyards."
The 2019 Vintage
The 2019 Vintage is powerful, and a marked step up in quality from the 2018 Vintage. It was a very hot, dry growing season which resulted in rich, opulent reds. The balance was struck here with a very cold start to the growing season, where limits in bud break resulted in lower yields, and therefore more concentrated wines.
Though the wines are still young, the vintage is showing great promise, particularly with wines from Côte Rôtie and Hermitage.