Jaboulet Côtes du Rhône
Paul Jaboulet Aîné has been a trend-setting grower and shipper in the Rhône since 1834. The Jaboulet company was founded by Antoine Jaboulet (1807-1864), and his twin sons, Paul and Henri (1846-1892) continued to expand the family business. The elder son (“aîné” in French), Paul, established the company in its present form and gave it his own name. Since then, the company had been run by successive generations of sons from that side of the Jaboulet family, until 2006, when the Frey family bought Jaboulet and quickly implemented sweeping changes to return Jaboulet to the summit of quality Rhône producers.
Paul Jaboulet Aîné is one of the Rhône’s most recognizable wineries. The Jaboulet reputation rests on the quality of well-situated and well-tended vineyards. The winemaking changes implemented by the Frey family include severe selection, dramatically lower yields, long and steady fermentations and aging in newer barrels.
Jaboulet wines symbolize robustness and elegance, essential qualities of great wines. The crown jewel is Hermitage “La Chapelle,” which Clive Coates asserts “is one of the great red wines of the world.”