2016 Paul Jaboulet 'Maison Bleue' Hermitage

$69.95

Utterly charming and already drinkable, we are loving this lush, full-bodied beauty from a maison that made the Rhone Valley what it is today. Beautiful depths of raspberries and cherries lead the way with a subtle lift of baking spices as it rolls into a long, silky finish. Fans of the older vintages of Jaboulet’s flagship will find a friend in this beauty of a wine built for the long haul. 

Varietal:
Syrah
Winemaker:
Caroline Frey
Vintage:
2016
Appellation:
Rhone Valley
Sub-Appellation:
Hermitage
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Shiraz
Alcohol %:
14.5%
Score Wine Advocate:
93
Score Wine Spectator:
90
Score Vinous:
94
SKU #:
1044821
Size:
750 ml Bottle
VN94

Vinous

Vivid purple. Expressive, smoke- and spice-accented dark fruit preserve, potpourri and incense scents are complemented by hints of licorice and olive paste. At once ripe and lively in the mouth, offering densely packed blackberry, blueberry and spicecake flavors that become spicier with aeration. Sneaky tannins give shape and solid grip to an impressively long, energetic finish that features lingering suggestions of candied flowers and dark berries.

JS95

James Suckling

This is a juicy and flavorful young wine with dusty and polished tannins. Lots of wild fruit and dark-berry and volcanic/salt undertones. Flavorful finish.

JD93

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2016 Hermitage La Maison Bleue (2,000 cases) comes from vines on the eastern side of the appellation and more sedimentary and limestone soils. This deep ruby/purple-colored beauty gives up loads of black raspberry, toasted spiced, incense, and crushed rock aromatics. This flows to a ripe, sexy, medium to full-bodied Hermitage that has moderate tannins, a layered, beautifully pure, elegant, even charming texture, and a great finish. It's already approachable yet will have 10-15 years of prime drinking.

WA93

Wine Advocate

The charming, already drinkable 2016 Hermitage La Maison Bleue comes from the eastern portion of the appellation. Raspberries and cherries lead the way in this full-bodied, velvety, lush offering, picking up subtle hints of baking spices on the long, silky finish.

WS90

Wine Spectator

This has a sleek and fresh feel, with red currant and raspberry coulis notes melding with light violet, cedar and tobacco accents on the finish. A cedar twinge peeks through at the end, leaving a slightly grainy impression. Drink now through 2029. 250 cases made, 100 cases imported.