Grape Varietals: 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah
Growing Region: Côtes du Rhône, France
Head Winemaker: Caroline Frey

The Jaboulet Parallèle 45 is the Côtes du Rhône wine that has virtually built the reputation of the Rhône as the region producing the greatest value in quality French wine. Year after year this wine has justified its reputation as France’s best value red wine. The Jaboulet family named their Côtes du Rhône in the early 1950’s - taking its name from the 45th Northern parallel which runs two kilometers from their cellars, in the village of Pont de l’Isère, a monument symbolizes this line with an inscription; ‘The South begins here’.

 

Under the Frey family ownership, all wines are now reaching new quality levels. In 2007, Jaboulet’s vineyards passed qualification for ‘reasoned agriculture’, encompassing: vineyard management, fertilization and vine treatments - indicating Jaboulet’s commitment to sustainable vineyard practices. Jaboulet Côtes du Rhône Parallele 45 is a blend of Grenache and Syrah from vines averaging 25-30 years of age. Sourced from vineyards throughout the Rhône Valley that combine to produce a pure, clean expression of this region.
The grapes arrive at the winery and are sorted and vinified in stainless steel tank for about 3 - 4 weeks to extract colour, flavour and body, followed by 3-6 months ageing in tank prior to bottling. The aim is to retain berry freshness and balance while producing a full, food friendly wine. The southern Rhône Valley was blessed with ideal weather in 2010. The spring was normal and summer was nicely warm and dry, which allowed the grapes to mature in the most optimal conditions.
The wine is rich and persistent; the palate is fresh with subtle grains of natural tannins giving an air of distinction. A vintage which has combined a wealth of sunshine, with elegance and balance. This Parallele 45 Côtes du Rhône is a fresh, medium bodied red driven by notes of dark summer fruits and exotic dried spices with a rounded and delicate mouth-feel and a smooth finish. Decant for 20 minutes and serve at 16-18°C.

One of France’s best value red wines.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this coming season; and over the next 2-3 years.
 
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with grilled and roasted meats, lamb-shank, homemade pizza and with hard, aged cheeses, enjoy.