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Date Printed: 7/31/2014
Jaboulet Parallele 45 Rose 2004
Jaboulet Parallele 45 Rose 2004
(search item no. 87420)
The Wine News rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $12.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Parallèle 45 is named for the location of the vineyards on the 45th latitude, where a stone marker proclaims 'Ici commence le midi' ('Here begins the Midi"). Recognized for its consistent excellence by the wine press, Parallèle 45 is a fruity and fleshy blend of Rhône grapes which can vary significantly to reflect the best varieties in any given vintage. The 'Saignée' method is used (Saignée, meaning 'bleeding' in French, is a process that pumps off the juice from the red grape skins to produce a rosé wine). The wine is aged for a short time in thermoregulated tanks before bottling.

Tasting Notes: Color: Very bright, deep salmon color.

Palate: Well rounded, full and generous, its long finish is emphasized by fresh aromas of very ripe red fruits with a hint of spice

Food Match: salads, quiche, grilled vegetables, fish, chicken, Asian cuisine.

Blend: 50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 10% Syrah

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About Paul Jaboulet and Aine:

Paul Jaboulet Aîné has been a trend-setting grower and shipper in the Rhône since 1834. The Jaboulet company was founded by Antoine Jaboulet, and his twin sons, Paul and Henri 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 has been run by successive generations of sons from that side of the Jaboulet family.

The House of Paul Jaboulet Aîné is one of the Rhône’s most recognizable wineries. The reputation of Jaboulet wines rests on the quality of the well-situated and well-tended vineyards, on low yields, careful vinification, and diligent aging in oak casks. The Jaboulet family prefers carefully integrated oak aging, in which the influence of wood is never allowed to become excessive. Since this is an important point, they have their own cooper who makes and maintains their stock of barrels.

Jaboulet wines symbolize robustness and elegance, essential qualities of great wines. Their crown jewel is their Hermitage "La Chapelle" which Clive Coates states "is one of the great red wines of the world." Thomas Matthews of Wine Spectator has singled out Jaboulet as a producer which "offers reliable wines across the entire range of appellations (in the northern and southern Rhône)."