2015 Releases From Three Stars of The Rhône:
Paul Jaboulet, Clos Saint Jean and Auguste Clape
A new week brings with it new releases and we're pumped to have a small allocation of some absolutely delicious Grenache and Syrah wines from The Rhône Valley. Jaboulet's wines have certainly walked a gamutof styles for a long time but what's unquestionable is the huge steps forward the Maison has taken since being purchased by the Frey family of Chateau La Lagune fame.
“If anyone had any doubts about the incredible turn around in quality this estate has seen since being taken over by Caroline Frey and winemaker Jacques Desvernois, these latest 2015’s should put those doubts to rest”.
Clos Saint Jean is a 41 hectare estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape run by brothers Vincent and Pascal Maurel. Considered by many critics and wine-writers as the preeminent estate espousing the modern style of winemaking in Châteauneuf,this cellar is one of the oldest in the region having been founded in 1900 by the great-great-grandfather of Vincent and Pascal, Edmund Tacussel. A short time after its founding, well before the A.O.P. of Châteauneuf-du-Pape was created in 1923, Edmund began bottling estate wines in 1910.
“This may well be one of the most exciting addresses not only in France, but in the entire wine world.... In short, these wines are not to be missed!”
Auguste Clape are the undisputed kings of Cornas and are probably largely responsible for the growth in the regions profile in recent times. The wines are deeply coloured, powerful with muscular tannins that soften and age incredibly over time.
These wines are available now at our special offer prices for the next 7 days only. To place your order return theattached form, byemail, by fax on 03 9419 6970 or by or calling us on 03 9419 6990.
Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné
In 1834, a full 100 years before the introduction of the A.O.C. system, Antoine Jaboulet began to transform a sleepy region into one of the most important quality winegrowing terroirs in the world. Since that time, Paul JabouletAînéhas become the benchmark in the Northern Rhône, with the iconic Hermitage ‘La Chapelle’ being responsible for some of the greatest wines ever produced. Ten years ago, the Frey family purchased this historic property and committed tremendous effort and resources to improve upon the already legendary estate. They immediately started converting the estate vineyards to biodynamic principlesand encouraging sustainable practices from every family grower they work with. With each successive vintage the purifying effects of these natural agricultural improvements can be felt and tasted. This is one of France’s finest estates, the crown jewel of the Rhône Valley. Oenologist and proprietorCaroline Frey, alongside Winemaking Director Jacques Desvernois, are producing theauthentic standard for quality Syrah across the Northern Rhône.
“The work we have been doing in the vineyard over the last ten years, and particularly around organic viticulture, allowed the vines to benefit from the ideal weather conditions of the 2015 vintage. When we tasted the first grapes we have immediately been convinced that 2015 would be an outstanding year”.
This is unquestionably the finest set of releases I’ve tasted from the estate, and the top reds rival, and in a number of cases surpass, the 2009’s and 2010’s. While the line up remains relatively unchanged, the La Petite Chapelle has been done away with and is replaced by the La Maison Bleue Cuvee, which is driven by vineyards located on the eastern side of Hermitage Hill, as opposed to being a second wine for the La Chapelle cuvee”.
2015 Hermitage 'La Chapelle'
(limit 1 bottle per customer until sold out)
Lastly, and a legendary wine in the making, the 2015 Hermitage La Chapelle is reminiscent of the 1990 with its full bodied, opulently, sexy, yet concentrated style. Offering sensational notes of blackcurrants, smoked herbs, beef blood, and chocolate, it’s a huge yet elegant wine that has masses of sweet tannin, incredible purity and finesse, and a killer finish. It’s the finest wine from this estate in close to thirty years. Hats off to Caroline Frey and Jacques Desvernois!
Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, 100 points
A majestic and brooding nose with dark stone fruits, wet black stones, pepper and brown spices as well as some dark chocolate and meaty notes, and fresh truffle-like earthiness, too. The palate draws deep and even with effortless power. Seamless. Extremely focused and fine long tannins. Hints of high cocoa chocolate. The acidity is stunning. This is flawless Hermitage. Drink 2023 and beyond.
Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com, 97 points
The 2015 Hermitage La Chapelle is one of the estate’s finest recent efforts. Its packed with firm tannins and will need to be lost in the cellar for a decade, but it will reward those with patience. Richly concentrated and full-bodied, it hits all the expected notes – cassis, black olive, smoke, crushed stone, pencil shavings and espresso – then finishes long, with an aristocratic sense of reserve and austerity. Winemaker Jacques Desvernois compares it to a woman’s black dress, meaning it speaks of elegance and class. Anticipated maturity 2027-2050
Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate, 98 points
2015 Hermitage 'La Maison Bleue'
(limit of one bottle per customer until sold out)
A new cuvee that’s replacing La Petite Chapelle, the 2015 Hermitage La Maison Bleue comes from grapes on the eastern side of the appellation, which is more limestone, clay and sedimentary soils. Brought up in 20% oak (which is the same for all the reds), it offers a rich, opulent, incredibly sexy style as well as full-bodied notes of black raspberry, blackberry jam, toasted bread and spice. With tons of sweet fruit, no hard edges, and a great finish, it’s a much more in your face, pedal-to-the metal effort compared to the more structured La Chapelle
Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, 96 points
A striking, exotic nose with red stone fruits and extremely expressive berries as well as darker cherries and plums, and plenty of dark stony notes, too. The palate is super plush, expansive and deeply structured. Velvety, deep and supple, and packed with red and dark cherries and plums. Dense, velvety tannins. Super expressive and long with a stony finish. Drink from 2020 and beyond.
Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com, 95 points
Replacing La Petite Chapelle in the Jaboulet line-up is the 2015 Hermitage la Maison Bleue. Rather than being a selection of lots that didn’t make the cut for La Chapelle, its more terroir based, with the wine coming from the eastern (non-granitic) side of the appellation. Because of that, its softer in style, with a rich velvety texture. Cedar and spice notes frame cassis and cola notes, lingering through the long, supple finish. Anticipated maturity 2020-2035.
Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate 94 points
2015 Crozes-Hermitage 'Domaine de Roure'
(limit of three bottles per customer)
Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, 94+ points
This is all about the granite slopes of Le Blanc up behind Gervais. It has a wild cherry and raspberry nose with dark plums, too, as well as attractive pepper and exotic spices. The palate has a powerful cage of tannins holding dark plum fruits bright and long. This is great Crozes and needs time. Best from 2020 and for a decade at least.
Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com, 93 points
Brooding, concentrated and tannic, the 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Roure will need some time to come out of its granite shell. Crushed stone and dark cherries and cassis emerge only reticently on the nose. For easier near-term drinking, grab some of the Thalabert; for serious longevity in the cellar, the Domaine de Roure will be hard to beat. Anticipated maturity; 2025-2040.
Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate, 94 points
2015 Crozes-Hermitage 'Domaine de Thalabert'
(limit of two bottles per customer)
The finest vintage to date, better even than the stellar 2010, the 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert is a gorgeous, deep, layered, and incredibly satisfying Crozes. Blackcurrants, olive tapenade, truffles and earthy notes all emerge from this full-bodied, gorgeously textured and seamless 2015. With fine tannin and no hard edge, it can be drunk today or cellaring for 15-20 years.
Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, 97 points
Smooth, impressive flesh and weight. Graphite-like stony minerally aromas with dark cherries and darker plums, the oak adding cedary woody notes. The palate has an impressive plushness as well as assertive tannins below. Extremely defined, pure and attractive. A great vintage. Best from 2019 and for a decade at least.
Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com, 93 points
The 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert is a super effort, packed with savory notes of black olives and crushed stones. It’s full-bodied and rich, with a hint of cedary oak, but there’s plenty of fruit and ripe tannins on the lingering finish. Like some of those fine Thalabert vintages of the past, it should drink well for a couple of decades. Anticipated maturity 2020-2035
Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate, 93+ points
2015 Crozes-Hermitage 'Les Jalets'
A deliciously fruity, vibrant northern Rhône syrah in a vintage that is already delivering real pleasure. Black fruit and soft ripe tannins with the ripeness of the outstanding 2015 vintage. Much of the fruit comes from Jaboulet's own vines at Domaine de Thalabert.
“Solidly built, with a tarry frame that integrates nicely into the core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit. A melted licorice edge drives through on the finish, while the fruit wins out easily. Best from 2018 through 2023”.
James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 91 points
Clos Saint Jean
Clos Saint Jean is a 41 hectare estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape run by brothers Vincent and Pascal Maurel. Considered by many critics and wine-writers as the preeminent estate espousing the modern style of winemaking in Châteauneuf, this cellar is one of the oldest in the region having been founded in 1900 by the great-great-grandfather of Vincent and Pascal, Edmund Tacussel. A short time after its founding and well before the A.O.P. of Châteauneuf-du-Pape was created in 1923, Edmund began bottling estate wines in 1910.
The various vineyards of Clos Saint Jean are located primarily in the region of Le Crau. This plateau is perhaps the most iconic of the many terroirs of Châteauneuf-du-Pape – iron-rich red clays topped with galets. While about 60% of their vineyards are located here, specifically in the lieu-dits of Côteau de Saint Jean and Cabane de Saint-Jean, another 40% are located in alluvial clay and sandy soils adjacent to the plateau. They also own a small parcel of Mourvedre in the lieu-dit of Bois-Dauphin near Château Rayas planted on sandy, limestone-rich soils.
2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Sanctus Sanctorum'
More upfront, decadent and unctuous, I suspect the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum (Magnum only) will be a candidate for perfection once bottled. Made from a single parcel of old vine Grenache planted on the famed la Crau lieu-dit, this heavenly beauty is loaded with notions of blueberries, Provençal spices, crushed flowers, black raspberries and crushed rocks. Full-bodied, layered, already sexy and textured, with building, sweet tannin, if this doesn’t make your eyes roll back in your head, I don’t know what will.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate,98 points
2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Deus Ex Machina'
A blend of 60% Grenache aged in concrete and 40% Mourvèdre aged in new barriques, the 2015 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Deus Ex Machina is a modern-day monster. This is rich and powerfully concentrated, loaded with scents of vanilla and baking spices, yet it also possesses masses of red fruit (raspberries, cherries and plums), a wonderfully creamy and intense mid-palate and a long finish.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate,98 points
2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'La Combe Des Fous'
A healthy 25% of this cuvée is Syrah aged in new oak, which impacts the aromas and flavors of the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous in a substantial way. Baking spices and vanilla are apparent, but there are plenty of bold red-fruit flavors to balance them out.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate,97 points
2015 Clos St Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
The 2015 reds from these two brothers are some of the gems in the vintage. The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape offers tons of black cherries, dried herbs, graphite and licorice to go with sweet tannin, medium to full-bodied richness and no hard edges.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate,92 points
Domaine Auguste Clape
Whenever Cornas comes to mind so does Clape. This is the most famous estate in Cornas...indeed it is the estate that single-handedly built a reputation for the whole appellation. This is a no-frills operation : no sign on the door, no fancy modern winery equipment, no new oak, no 'reserve' cuvées, just great vineyards and experienced, non-interventionist winemaking.Clape's Cornas is deeply coloured, full-bodied, with a powerful tannic structure and great natural richness. Uncompromising when young, it develops surprising charm with age, as well as outstanding complexity and intensity. 'Renaissance', from younger vines, is similarly styled but reveals its charms quicker. Also of note here are the Côtes du Rhône and Vin de Table, wines of real character from vineyards at the foot of the Cornas hills.
The flagship 2015 Cornas comes from the older vines of the estate, with a good chunk from the Reynard lieu-dit, which is unquestionably one of the grand cru sites in the appellation. This is a big, rich, sexy vintage from this estate and the top cuvée has a wealth of material and building, sweet tannin, as well as full-bodied richness and a great finish. It’s more approachable than the 2010 was at the same age, but it’s still going to require 5-7 years of cellaring. It’s a brilliant wine.
Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate,95-97 points
2015 Cornas 'Renaissance'
The two Cornas releases in 2015 are head-turners that warrant serious attention. The 2015 Cornas Renaissance comes from the younger vines of the estate and terroirs closer to the village. I was able to taste the different components, all of which were loaded with fruit as well as classic Cornas notes of black olives, violets and pepper.
Jeb Dunnuck,The Wine Advocate,92-94 points
All abovewines are available now at our special offer prices for the next 7 days only. To place your order return theattached form, byemail, by fax on 03 9419 6970 or by or calling us on 03 9419 6990.
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