2017 Paul Jaboulet-Aine Hermitage La Maison Bleue (750ml)

Syrah from Hermitage, Rhône, France

2017 Paul Jaboulet-Aine Hermitage La Maison Bleue
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Caroline Frey – managing director of Frey Family Wineries: Chateau La Lagune (where she's been winemaker for more than a decade; skyrocketing results ensuing), Jaboulet Aine & its wildly famous Hermitage La Chapelle and Thalabert (acquired in 2006), along with a substantial stake in Billecart Salmon, has vowed to maintain and further elevate Thalabert among the great wines of the northern Rhone. The 2017 releases are superb.

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Full-bodied, creamy and supple, the 2017 Hermitage La Maison Bleue looks to be a thrilling Hermitage to drink over the next 10-15 years. It's loaded with mixed blueberries and raspberries, adds subtle notes of mocha and baking spices and picks up a savory hint of black olives on the long, silky finish. Don't make the mistake of thinking only the La Chapelle is worth drinking, this should be a real beauty when it's released next year.

94-96 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 239 - Oct 2018)

Opaque ruby. Vibrant, sharply focused black/blue fruit aromas are complicated by exotic spice, olive and mineral flourishes. Juicy and precise on the palate, showing energetic lift and thrust to its sweet blueberry, black raspberry, violet pastille and spicecake flavors, which deepen steadily on the back half. Picks up a smoky quality with air and finishes spicy and impressively long. Discreet tannins add shape and gentle grip.

93-94 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Jul 2019)

There’re roughly 2,000 cases of the 2017 Hermitage La Maison Bleue which, despite coming from more limestone soils on the eastern side of the appellation, has beautiful minerality in its black raspberries, blackberries, roasted herbs, licorice, Asian spices, and iron/bloody aromas and flavors. This forward, fleshy and undeniably sexy Hermitage has plenty of density, ripe tannins, and outstanding length. It’s more approachable than the La Chapelle yet is still going to have 2-3 decades of longevity.

91-94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Dec 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
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$59.98
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