Legendary Rhône producer, Paul Jaboulet, was bought by the Frey family in January 2006 and is now undergoing a qualit...Read more...
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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 ‘Mule Blanche’ originates from pre-mechanisation times when mules were used to work the vineyards. Pale yellow in colour, Mule Blanche has a delicate, aromatic nose, with perfumes of white flowers, hawthorn and acacia. On the palate it is rich and spicy as a result of the warm vintage but wellbalanced. Good length with an attractive fresh finish.
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