Rae’s Place WotW Jan. 13th 2020

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Paul Jaboulet Cotes du Rhone “Parallel 45” 2016

Grenache, Syrah

Normally $10.99

This Week $9.99

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Wine of the week.

Our wine of the week for Jan 13th, 2020 is Paul Jaboulet Aine’s Parallel 45 Cotes du Rhone. This has been a benchmark wine from the Rhone valley for a long time. A blend of Grenache and Syrah, this wine typifies the restrained French style of reds from this region. We love it because it showcases ripe red fruit with tobacco and earth notes. There’s beautiful structure and plenty of polish in this fantastic Cotes du Rhone with a price that we haven’t seen in quite a while.


Notes from the region:

Cotes du Rhone AOC-

The Cotes du Rhone (CdR) appellation covers a large part of Central/Southern France. Grenache and Syrah are king here (Syrah in the North and Grenache in the South) but there are 20 other red and white varietals that can make their way into one of these wines. For our needs, we’ll focus on Grenache and Syrah. Within the CdR, there are quite a few Crus that many consider to be some of the best places on the planet for these varietals [Hermitage, Cornas, Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Condrieu (The best Viognier on the planet comes from here) and Cote Rotie to name a few.] CdR bottlings tend to come from multiple villages throughout the Rhone Valley and can vary greatly in style and quality. I like the earthy, complexity of Syrah so I tend to find CdRs that are either entirely Syrah (very hard to find) or contain large amounts of the grape. Grenache tends to be a bit higher in alcohol and are thus very expressive, fruity and flavorful.


 Notes from Paul Jaboulet Aine:

Because there are no great wines without great grapes.


In the small town of La Roche-de-Glun in the Drôme, we are pleased to introduce you to Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné , specialist in wines & spirits .

Created in 1834 in Tain-l’Hermitage , the Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné today creates great local wines under the impetus of Caroline Frey.

For almost two centuries, Paul Jaboulet Aîné has shared the same passion for the Rhône Valley, steeped in history, rich in its terroir, men and exceptional wines . Respect for men and the vine, the know-how of winemaking, the art of blending and aging are the guarantees of the quality of our wines.

We strive to continuously strengthen our processes to strive for excellence on all products for all vintages. We want to ensure an oenological rigor and an optimal management of our vineyards while respecting the environment. This is why the Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné is ISO 9001 and 14001 certified as well as in Reasoned Agriculture .

Our strategy is based on promoting our products and brands in the most prestigious wine segment in the world.

Rae’s Place Tasting Notes:

Paul Jaboulet Cotes du Rhone “Parallel 45” 2016

Grenache, Syrah


Jaboulet’s Parallel 45 is widely recognized as a benchmark Cotes du Rhone. This has been made since the 50’s and blends two of the great noble varietals of the area. The ripe, juicy fruit comes from the Greanache while the Syrah lends structure, spice notes, tobacco and the hallmark black pepper that surrounds wines from the Rhone Valley. If you like red blends and Syrah, this will be a great way to venture into the Rhone Valley.

Pair this wine with roasted meats, stews, BBQ and heartier pasta dishes.



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