Paul Jaboulet Ain? is one of the iconic names of the Rh?ne Valley and remains one of the region?s most important estates. The wines have undergone a quality renaissance in recent years, from the modestly-priced ?Parall?le 45? range through to the flagship ?La Chapelle?. Antoine Jaboulet began growing vines on the hillsides of Hermitage in 1834, although it was his son Paul who gave his name to the business. Since January 2006, Paul Jaboulet Ain? has been owned and run by the Frey family (the owners of Ch. La Lagune in Bordeaux), whose investment has returned the wines to top form. From the 2010 vintage, a brand new cellar with gravity fed system allows Jaboulet to handle their fruit with the maximum care, parcel by parcel. Caroline Frey is responsible for making the wine as well as managing the 100 hectares of vines, with winemaker Jacques Desvernois and consultant Denis Dubourdieu working alongside Caroline. Syrah is the sole red variety grown by Jaboulet in the Northern Rh?ne, where the wide diversity of terroirs and micro-climates produce wines with well-defined personalities. The average age of the vines is 40 years, with the most prized nearly 80 years old. Yields are restricted and canopy management, crop thinning, pruning and harvesting are all carried out by hand.
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