Antoine Jaboulet set up his winemaking business Tain-l'Hermitage in 1834. He was succeeded by his sons, Paul and Henri who in turn passed the baton to Paul’s son Louis. Next came Louis’s son Gérard and then, in 1997, Gérard’s cousin, Michel Jaboulet. He ran the domain until 2006 when it was bought by the Frey Group which also owns vineyards in Champagne and Bordeaux (Château la Lagune). Today, oenologist Caroline Frey runs the property which has worked steadily to achieve an excellent standard. In 2013, Maison Jaboulet officially converted its vineyards to organic and in 2015 it received “High Environmental Value” certification. Beyond these accreditations though, the domain’s goal of bringing out the best in each majestic Rhône terroir remains unchanged. It achieves this goal by preserving the quality of the fruit, through meticulous vinification, and an attentive élevage.
About the cuvée
This cuvée takes its name from the cross planted at the top of the vineyard, overlooking the Saint-Joseph parcels. The vines enjoy a southerly exposure, on granitic soils above the communes of Mauves and Tournon. The wine is matured in barrique barrels for 12 months. The nose is well concentrated, expressing aromas of very ripe red berries, sweet spices and hints of scrubland and liquorice. The palate is medium-bodied, supple and fruity, with silky tannins and attractive length. Ideal with red meats, especially in sauce.
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