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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Jaboulet Parallele 45 Rouge 2007
Jaboulet Parallele 45 Rouge 2007
(search item no. 102971)

PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $11.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is named for the 45th North parallel which runs two kilometers from the Jaboulet cellars. In a nearby village, a monument reads: "Here begins the South." Borne from family pride in generations of winemaking, this Jaboulet wine known as "Parallèle 45" has had this name since the 1950s.

The wine is made utilizing a blend of Grenache and Syrah grapes from 25 year-old vines in hillside terraced and sloped vineyards. The soils are clay, stones, pebbles and argillaceous limestone, which lends depth and complexity to the wine. Made with traditional vinification methods, the wine undergoes long vatting and temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Yields are kept to 45 hl/ha and the wine will keep for 1 to 5 years.

Food Match: turkey, roasts, red meat, pork, pizza, pasta in meat sauce, lamb, grilled vegetables, grilled meats, game, fowl, beef.

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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)."