This Côtes du Rhône takes its name from the 45th north parallel which runs two kilometres from our cellars. In the village of Pont de l’Isère, a monument symbolizes this line with an inscription: “The South begins here”. Our wine has had this name since the beginning of the 1950s.
Jaboulet Côtes du Rhône Parallele 45 is a blend of Grenache and Syrah from vines averaging 25 years old. Sourced from vineyards throughout the Rhone valley that combine to produce a pure, clean expression of this region.
Vinification: The grapes arrive at the winery and are sorted and vinified in stainless steel tank for 3 to 4 weeks to extract flavor, followed by 3-6 months in tank prior to bottling. The goal is to retain freshness and balance while producing a robust and food friendly wine.
The 2009 Parallele 45 Cotes du Rhone is a fresh, medium bodied red driven by notes of black fruit and exotic spices with a rounded and delicate mouthfeel.
Varietal: Grenache: 50%, Cinsault: 40%, Syrah: 10%
Score: 87 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
"Deep ruby. Dark berries and woodsmoke on the nose. Lush and broad on entry, then tighter in the middle, offering bitter cherry and cracked pepper flavors and a touch of tart berry skin. Finishes with good clarity and bite."
"Parallele 45 from Jaboulet is the Cotes du Rhone that has built the reputation for this region as producing the greatest values in French wine. Since the 1950's, "P45" has competed head-to-head with wines from France, Italy, Spain and the New World, defending its reputation as France's greatest value red wine year after year. Under Jaboulets new owners, the Frey family; Parallle 45 is reaching even higher quality levels. In 2007, Jaboulet vineyards passed qualification for "reasoned agriculture," including vineyard management, fertilization and vine treatments. This step to obtain double certicaton ISO 9001/ISO 14001 indicates Jaboulets commitment to sustainable vineyard practices."
"This smells really pretty with a wonderful array of floral, herb, stem and fruit notes all joining gracefully together. In the mouth its a bit simpler with a nice core of well-balanced fruit that shows edges of minty herb and stemmy with a nice blueberry note on the mid-palate. This feels a touch extracted and the tannins are a bit dry and outsized for the wine, but overall, it just lends a touch of rusticity here. The finish shows some nice length with savory notes building over the fading fruit."
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