We are delighted to be able to offer the brilliant 2017 Domaine wines from Paul Jaboulet Aîné.
2017 is a great vintage in the Northern Rhône; the region was blessed with excellent weather conditions without the dramas which occurred in many other areas. It was an early vintage with some irregular flowering reducing yields, and the summer was hot and dry. Thankfully there was some rain at crucial times which enabled ripening to take place. The resulting grapes were small with thick skins but were harvested in excellent condition. The wines are full with plenty of fruit and good structure but they also have good freshness and balance. The top wines will age extremely well.
Founded in 1834 they were for many years one of the leading names in the wine world, making legendary wines such as the 1961 Hermitage La Chapelle but fell on harder times after the death of Gérard Jaboulet in 1997. In 2006 the company was bought by the Frey family, from the champagne region and already owners of Château La Lagune in Bordeaux.
With Caroline Frey at the helm the vineyards were set on a course towards the 2016 wines being certified organic, with the move towards biodynamic viticulture in progress. Biodiversity is encouraged in the vineyards and the surrounding area. Winemaking is gentle with minimum intervention, the aim being to let the terroirs and vintages express themselves. They have holdings throughout the Northern Rhône but the core is in Crozes-Hermitage and on the hill of Hermitage.