Domaines Paul Jaboulet Aine
Legendary Rhone producer Paul Jaboulet was bought by the Frey family in January 2006, since when it has undergone a quality renaissance. The Frey family, owners of Chateau La Lagune, has a history of investing in quality and is determined to restore the Jaboulet wines to their former glory. Much of the old oak in the cellars was thrown out and almost 25,000 cases worth of wine was sold off in bulk as it was not good enough to go into the revamped Jaboulet blends. In addition, about 72,000 bottles were tipped down the drain. Caroline Frey now manages the estate and makes the wine, aided by Jacques Desvernois and consultant Denis Dubourdieu. The renewed emphasis on quality is to be seen in the current releases, from the modestly-priced Parallele 45 up to the iconic Hermitage La Chapelle.