Jaboulet Condrieu 'Les Cassines' 2009
Legendary Rhône producer, Paul Jaboulet, was bought by the Frey family in January 2006 and is now undergoing a quality renaissance. The Frey family, owners of Château La Lagune (and previously owners of Ayala Champagne), have a history of investing in quality and are determined to restore the Jaboulet wines to their former glory. M. Frey hired a new general manager, a new vineyard manager and a new winemaker soon after taking control of Jaboulet, and brought in Denis Dubourdieu (owner of Château Reynon, and consultant to La Lagune) to help bring quality back to its previously high level. In order to do this, 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 wasn’t good enough to go into the revamped Jaboulet blends. In addition, about 72,000 bottles were tipped down the drain. This renewed emphasis on quality is to be seen in the 2004s that have gone to bottle since January 2006, and in the 2005s and 2006s. The name ‘Les Cassines’ comes from the numerous little fishermen’s huts along the banks of the Rhône, known as cassines, dating from the time when Condrieu was an active, trading port. Pale straw in colour, with greenish lights, the wine is perfumed and fresh, with notes of violet, peach and apricots. On the palate it is dry and clean, with rich, peachy/apricot fruit characters balanced by a fresh acidity.
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