Saint-Joseph, La Croix des Vignes, Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2020 (organic)


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Paul Jaboulet Aîné

The old and venerable family firm of Jaboulet was founded by Antoine Jaboulet in 1834. For six generations it had passed down the male line until being sold in 2006 to Compagnie Financier Frey, who also own Château La Lagune in Bordeaux, Château de Corton-André in Burgundy and hold a large stake in Champagne Billecart-Salmon.

Since taking over Caroline Frey, who is an accomplished winemaker, has improved things greatly. Full organic accreditation was gained in 2016 and many of the vineyards are now worked biodynamically. All work is done by hand in the vineyards, with horses, winches and pickaxes being used even on the steepest of slopes. They make a range of red and white wines in the Northern Rhône from their 110 ha of vineyards, and have recently added 11 ha of Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards in the South. On the hill of Hermitage they have 21 ha, broken down into 10 small plots, making them the second largest vineyard holder on the prestigious hill. Jaboulet’s most celebrated wine, Hermitage La Chapelle, is a blend of some or all of these different plots. Up until the early 1990s it was lauded in the same terms as a Bordeaux first growth, since the new regime was installed dramatic improvements have been seen and the wines have seen a remarkable turnaround. Other notable vineyard holdings include Domaine de Thalabert in Crozes-Hermitage – the first vineyards bought by founding Jaboulet, Antoine; and Domaine de Saint-Pierre in Cornas.

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Vintage guide

The 2022 vintage looks to be excellent for the North and South of the region which both excelled in the hot conditions this year. The 2021 vintage has seen some good results particularly in the North where attractive, aromatic, elegant wines have been made. The wines from the 2020 vintage look to be a little fresher and more approachable in their youth than those of 2019 which is a high-quality vintage with yields on a par with 2018. Another good result along the valley in 2018, though the South had more disease problems to contend with, as mildew affected the thinner-skinned Grenache more than other varieties. Quality was high but the yields were down. An early harvest produced some intense wines in 2017 for both the North and the South of the region, though uneven flowering in both reduced yields considerably. 2016 in both Northern and Southern Rhône has produced excellent results, and the South has it by a whisker this year, the opposite of 2015. 2015 is terrific, particularly for the North’s Syrah, no problems and decent yields too. An ideal growing season, that was even hotter than 2003 in the daytime but with cooler nights and just enough rainfall to prevent problems in the vineyards. Both whites and reds are excellent. 2014 is not an easy vintage to generalise about but whites are super, reds are very pure with lovely aromatics, and, in the South, as in 2013, Syrah and Mourvèdre have done better than Grenache. In common with most of Europe, 2013 started late but a dry second half of the season resulted in some excellent wines particularly Syrah from the North.

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