An emblematic name for the great wines of the northern Rhône Valley, the Paul Jaboulet-Aîné House was founded in 1834 in Tain L’Hermitage. The reputed oenologist and winegrower, Caroline Frey, runs this illustrious house, owned by the Frey family since 2006.
The Paul Jaboulet-Aîné House overlooks a 125-hectare vineyard, spread across exceptional appellations such as Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Cornas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and even Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise.
Wounded during the Albigensian Crusade in 1224, the knight Gaspard de Sterimberg asked Queen Blanche of Castile for permission to settle on a hill, on which he founded his hermitage. He built the Saint-Christophe Chapel there in 1235.
The vines, aged by around 35 years, are planted on clay-limestone and clay-sand soils, giving this 2019 Chevalier de Stérimberg by Paul Jaboulet-Aîné the complexity and elegance of a Hermitage wine.
The dry winter did not remedy the water stress recorded since 2018. Milder conditions from February encouraged early bud break. This advance was slowed down by the drop in temperatures at the end of March and the beginning of April. Flowering started around 7 June, taking place in very good conditions. The hailstorm in 15 June massively slowed down vine development. Summer conditions were scorching. The rigorous work of the team at the estate throughout the vintage made it possible to harvest healthy and high quality grapes.
This reference from the Paul Jaboulet-Aîné range can be kept in the cellar until 2044 so as to express the entirety of its aromatic palette.