Paul Jaboulet-Aîné is an iconic name of the great wines of the Northern Rhône Valley. It was founded in 1834 in Tain L'Hermitage. The renowned oenologist and winemaker Caroline Frey runs this illustrious house, owned by the Frey family since 2006. The Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné looks after 125 hectares of vineyards, spread over exceptional appellations such as Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Cornas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu or Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise.
A benchmark among Cornas wines, Paul Jaboulet-Aîné's 2019 Domaine de Saint-Pierre comes from a steep, south-facing terroir of 3.9 hectares that protects the vineyard from cold winds. Located on the top of the hillside, the vines aged from 10 to 60 years are planted in a natural amphitheatre on a granitic mother rock with a subsoil of limestone and silty deposits. The Domaine de Saint-Pierre has been owned by the Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné since 1996.
The dry winter did not make up for the water stress recorded since 2018. The milder conditions from February onwards favoured an early bud break, but this progress was slowed down by the drop in temperatures at the end of March - beginning of April. Flowering started around June 7th and took place in very good conditions. The hail storm of June 15th slowed down the development of the vines. The summer conditions were scorching. The rigourous work of the estate's team throughout this vintage allowed us to harvest healthy grapes of great quality.
Vinification and maturation
Harvested by hand, the grapes are sorted by plot. Vatting time of about 4 weeks with soft extractions. The wine is aged in French oak barrels, 20% of which are new.
Paul Jaboulet-Aîné's 2019 Domaine de Saint-Pierre is a 100% syrah.
Paul Jaboulet-Aîné's 2019 Domaine de Saint-Pierre can wait in the cellar until 2039 to express its full aromatic range.