Paul Jaboulet Aîné has been a trend-setting in the Rhône Valley since 1834. Jaboulet was founded by Antoine Jaboulet, and his twin sons, Paul and Henri continued to expand the family business. The older 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.
Today, it is owned by Caroline Frey (Chateau La Lagune) who continues the amazing tradition of excellence across a number of different regions and dozens of vineyards owned by this great winery. Their flagship wine, the La Chapelle Hermitage has been called one of the greatest red wines in all of the world.
But, if you’re looking for a stellar wine to pair with turkey or pizza or whatever, you’re probably not thinking Chateauneuf-du-Pape, especially with the $50+ price tags that most good ones command these days. However, if what draws you to CdP is the complex aromatics and mouth-watering acidity that you find in great Grenache, then today’s Gigondas from Jaboulet accomplishes all of that in spades and for at least half the price of most CdPs you’ll find this good.
92 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2017 Gigondas Pierre Aiguille combines hints of Mexican chocolate and red raspberries in a full-bodied, silky-textured wine. It’s ripe yet chewy, with attractive hints of orange zest and licorice on the long finish. It’s 80% Grenache, with 10% each Mourvèdre and Syrah.
92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Plummy cassis and black cherry flavors are rich and rounded in this open-knit blend of 80% grenache, 10% mourvedre and 10% syrah sourced from stony red-clay terraces. It’s concentrated in fruit but seductively earthen too, offering hints of dusty mineral, smoke and peppery spice. The long finish is marked by ripe, fine tipped tannins. At peak now-2027.