2020 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage Maison Bleue

Syrah - 1.5L
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VN 95

Vinous, December 2022

(VN 93-95 points) Full, bright-rimmed violet. Highly fragrant cherry and black raspberry scents, along with suggestions of pipe tobacco, olive, peony and baking spices. Juicy and energetic in the mouth, offering...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, June 2023

An intense nose expressing dark notes of blackberries, dark plums, mocha, stones, bark and hints of grilled herbs and undergrowth. It’s full-bodied with fine tannins. It’s restrained and ample with layers and texture...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2022

(92 - 94 points) Mostly sourced from les Murets, the 2020 Hermitage La Maison Bleue is a solid effort, with appealing notes of blackberries, raspberries and espresso on the nose. It's full-bodied and rich, yet streamlined...
JD 93

jebdunnuck.com, December 2022

There are under 2,000 cases of the 2020 Hermitage La Maison Bleue, which comes from the Murets, La Croix, and Dionnières lieux-dits on the eastern side of Hermitage. This classic, elegant, charming effort has beautiful...
DC 92

Decanter, October 2021

A classy, fresh and aromatic display, this is harmonious already. Medium-bodied, with more measured fruit and freshness on the palate, fine tannins and plenty of them. The oak is well-integrated. It is slightly warming on...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Hermitage
Vintage 2020
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 15.5%
Closure Cork

For almost two centuries, the Jaboulet family has shared a common passion for the Rhone Valley, its history, its terroir, its exceptional people and wines.

In 1834, Antoine Jaboulet started working the land on the hills of Hermitage. Through his hard work and passion, he was able to produce a wine of exceptional quality. The business was passed on to his sons Henri and Paul, with the latter later giving his name to the company.

Since then, the generations have continued to succeed one another until in January 2006, the Frey family, longstanding winemakers in Champagne and owners of Chateau La Lagune in Bordeaux, acquired Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine thus adding to its portfolio of prestigious names.

The company’s hundred or so hectares of vineyards are tended with the greatest possible care. The wide diversity of terroirs and the influence of micro-climates favor the production of Syrah, the principal variety and the sole red grape, while Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier are used for the white wines.

Jaboulet wines represent generations of hard work and a passion for excellence and these values are adhered to by an unswerving commitment to improving vineyards, and through strategic acquisitions and work in the cellars, while respecting the environment at the same time.

The 2020 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage Maison Bleue is a remarkable red wine that exemplifies the elegance and complexity of the Northern Rhone region in France. Crafted from the finest Syrah grapes, this wine showcases the unique terroir of the Hermitage appellation.

In the glass, the wine displays a deep, garnet color that hints at its intensity and depth. The nose is immediately enveloped in a symphony of aromas, with notes of blackberries, dark plums, and mocha taking center stage. Subtle hints of stones, bark, and grilled herbs add layers of complexity, while undertones of undergrowth lend an earthy and rustic character.

On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and exquisitely balanced. Fine tannins provide a silky texture, while a dense core of dark fruits adds depth and richness. Flavors of bitter chocolate, spices, and a touch of floral pastille further enhance the wine's complexity. The oak is well-integrated, offering subtle hints of vanilla and spice without overpowering the fruit.

The Maison Bleue lingers on the palate with a long, satisfying finish. Its focused and precise nature is a testament to the winemaker's skill and attention to detail. While enjoyable now, this wine has the potential to age gracefully for more than a decade, allowing its flavors to evolve and mature over time.

Renowned wine critics have also recognized the quality of the 2020 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage Maison Bleue. With scores ranging from 92 to 95, it is clear that this wine is a standout in its category. Critics have praised its freshness, measured fruit, and well-integrated oak, noting its harmonious and well-balanced nature.

For those seeking a wine that embodies the essence of the Northern Rhone, the 2020 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage Maison Bleue is an exceptional choice. With its elegance, complexity, and ability to age gracefully, it is a testament to the artistry and passion of the winemaker. Savor each sip and let this wine transport you to the picturesque vineyards of Hermitage.