Paul Jaboulet Aine
The house was founded in 1834 by Antoine Jaboulet in Tain l'Hermitage in the Northern Rhône, with the full intention of producing great wine. With foresight he acquired vineyards on the Hermitage Hill and Hermitage plains, including the renowned Domaine de Thalabert site in Crozes-Hermitage. Jaboulet established an admirable reputation for the quality of their wines, and the business remained in the family until 2006, when the Frey family, owners of Château La Lagune in Bordeaux and Château de Corton André in Burgundy took over the property, with Caroline Frey as the winemaker. Today Jaboulet have more than 100 hectares under vine in vineyards on some of the most celebrated sites in the Northern Rhône, including Côte Rotie, Crozes-Hermitage and Condrieu. They also have substantial holdings in the Southern Rhône including, Vacqueyras and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. They are passionate about the environment; all the vineyards are certified organic and they follow biodynamic principles. In 2012 they were award the Drinks Business Green Award for Biodiversity. Jaboulet are of course famed for their flagship wine, the iconic Hermitage La Chapelle, one of the greatest wines of not just the Rhône, but the whole of France. Since WWI Jaboulet have owned the famous Chapel of St. Christopher, built in 1864 on the site of a chapel that had stood there from the 12th century. Naturally this wine carries a price tag that reflects its provenance, but their Southern Rhône range offers some superb value wines under their Secret de Famille label from the Côte de Rhône appellation. Paul Jaboulet's extensive portfolio is impressive. Caroline brings out the best of each terroir through fastidious vinification, conscientious élevage and passion for quality, representing the entirety of the Rhône with its myriad terroirs grape varieties and styles.