Jaboulet Hermitage La Maison Bleue 2017
Syrah Blends | France
La Chapelle-level greatness at a STUNNING price. MAGNUMS too! If you love the world’s finest Syrahs, this is a massive no-brainer. Get ready to be blown away.
We think it can be said: Jaboulet is making the best wines of its long history RIGHT NOW. This relatively new Maison Bleue bottling (named after a beautiful old shed in the vineyard), from the more clay/limestone and loamy soils on the eastern side of the appellation is truly breathtaking, considering its pedigree vs. price.
We tasted at the winery last year (plus a wonderful hike up to La Chapelle itself) and were just knocked out by the quality of what is happening recently at Jaboulet. The wines are hitting the warehouse right now and we can’t recommend them more highly. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED...especially those magnums!
About The Producer
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Jaboulet's 2017 Hermitage La Maison Bleue is flat-out sexy stuff, full-bodied, plush and generous without being overripe or unstructured. Licorice, cassis and Asian five-spice powder burst from the glass in a complex whirl of scents and flavors. Sourced from the eastern end of the appellation, it offers immediate gratification and admirable quality at a fraction of the price of the La Chapelle.
There are 2,000 cases of the 2017 Hermitage La Maison Bleue, which is all from the more limestone and loamy soils on the eastern side of the appellation. Aged in 15% new barrels and demi-muids, it has a youthful, fruit-forward, even sexy profile as well as terrific notes of black raspberries, melted licorice, truffles, violets, and bloody meat. It’s young and unevolved, with beautiful depth of fruit, and it’s undeniably better than many vintages of La Chapelle from the 1990s and 2000s.
Glass-staining magenta. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes ripe dark berries, potpourri and incense. Exotic spice and mineral notes build with air. Sweet, focused and penetrating in the mouth, offering spice-tinged boysenberry, cherry preserve and violet pastille flavors that are braced by a core of juicy acidity. Blends concentration and energy smoothly and finishes with strong, gently tannic persistence.