Wine Region: Rhone Valley - France
Grape: 100% Syrah | Organic certification
Tasting notes: "The 2015 Saint Joseph Domaine de la Croix des Vignes is more tannic than the 2016 but not better. Dry cedary notes frame cherry fruit in the medium to full-bodied wine that will require a couple of years in the cellar to show its best." The Wine Advocate
"Opaque ruby. Powerful black and blue fruit and licorice scents are sharpened by cracked pepper and mineral notes. Stains the palate with concentrated blueberry and bitter cherry flavors that open up steadily with aeration. Shows very good depth as well as energy and finishes long and sappy, with chewy tannins framing the densely packed dark fruit." Vinous
Aged for a year in barriques, 20% new oak.
Expert Rating: Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 92/100 | Vinous 91-93/100
About the winery: Undoubtedly one of the greatest names in the Rhone Valley, Paul Jaboulet Aine was founded in 1834 by Antoine Jaboulet and is perhaps best known for its flagship La Chapelle, of which the 1961 vintage still holds the title as one of the greatest wines ever made. A series of mishaps in the 1990s threw the estate in disarray and it took the financial might of the Frey family to set the estate on a path to recovery.
Since 2006, the Frey family have accomplished an impressive feat at Paul Jaboulet Aine by taking this historic estate to its rightful place as the first growth of the Rhone. With their experience at Chateau La Lagune in Bordeaux, the Frey family saw the potential in Jaboulet’s vineyards, including the important and iconic vineyard, Hermitage La Chapelle.
Caroline Frey has since taken over as owner and winemaker of Paul Jaboulet Aine and within 10 years, enabled Paul Jaboulet Aine to attain organic certification.
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