2020 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage Maison Bleue

Syrah - 750ML
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VN 95 JS 94 WA 94 JD 93 DC 92
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, May 2024

Just a step behind the La Chapelle this vintage, the 2020 Hermitage La Maison Bleue expresses the non-granitic side of Hermitage, in its opulent fruit and early accessibility. Ripe cherries and raspberries dominate the...
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 750ML
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 Syrah from the Hermitage appellation in the Northern Rhone region of France. With an alcohol content of 15.5% and sealed with a cork, this red wine showcases the craftsmanship of producer Paul Jaboulet Aine. Let's delve into its characteristics and the reviews it has garnered from various wine critics.

Starting with its composition, the wine is described as medium to full-bodied with a harmonious and fresh aromatic profile. Decanter magazine awarded it a score of 92, noting its "classy, fresh and aromatic display," and highlighting its "fine tannins" and "well-integrated oak." According to Decanter, it exhibits a long finish, albeit with a slightly warming palate.

Jeb Dunnuck, who scored the wine 93, praised its "classic, elegant, charming effort" and remarked on its "beautiful dark, almost blue fruits" along with nuances of "violet, graphite, and chocolate." Dunnuck emphasized its "round, supple, sexy style" and predicted it would benefit from 2-4 years of aging, evolving over 15+ years.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, giving it a score of 94, noted that the 2020 vintage is "just a step behind the La Chapelle." Reviewer Joe Czerwinski described it as expressing "the non-granitic side of Hermitage, in its opulent fruit and early accessibility." He highlighted flavors of "ripe cherries and raspberries," and mentioned a "creamy-textured finish" with supple tannins.

James Suckling also rated it 94, describing an "intense nose" with dark notes of "blackberries, dark plums, mocha, stones, bark and hints of grilled herbs and undergrowth." He found it to be "full-bodied with fine tannins," and characterized it as "restrained and ample with layers and texture," with a "dense core of dark fruits" and a long finish featuring "bitter chocolate and spices."

Vinous gave the highest score, ranging between 93-95 points, with Josh Raynolds describing it as "highly fragrant" with scents of "cherry and black raspberry" and hints of "pipe tobacco, olive, peony and baking spices." He praised its "juicy and energetic" nature, noting flavors of "red and blue fruit, floral pastille, smoky bacon and spicecake" that become sweeter towards the end. The finish was described as "mineral- and spice-accented" with remnants of "mocha and allspice."

Overall, the 2020 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage Maison Bleue is a well-regarded Syrah that offers a complex and layered tasting experience, praised for its balance, aromatic profile, and long-term aging potential.