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2015 Paul Jaboulet Aîné "La Maison Bleue" Hermitage 6-Pack (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1555781 96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark 2015 is the first vintage of this cuvée, which replaces the Petite Chapelle. There's a certain meaty aspect to the nose, a savoury note that brings aged Pinot Noir to mind. It has a minty freshness, crisp and well-defined with a fine acid thread. A medium-bodied, balanced and contemporary expression of Hermitage. (MW) Inner quote mark (6/2019)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A new cuvée that’s replacing the Petit Chapelle, the 2015 Hermitage La Maison Bleue comes from grapes on the eastern side of the appellation, which is more limestone, clay, and sedimentary soils. Brought up in 20% new oak (which is the same for all the reds), it offers a rich, opulent, incredibly sexy style as well as full-bodied notes of black raspberry, blackberry jam, toasted bread, and spice. With tons of sweet fruit, no hard edges, and a great finish, it’s a much more in your face, pedal-to-the-metal effort compared to the more structured La Chapelle. Inner quote mark (1/2018)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A striking, exotic nose with red stone fruits and extremely expressive berries as well as darker cherries and plums, and plenty of dark stony notes, too. The palate is super plush, expansive and deeply structured. Velvety, deep and supple, and packed with red and dark cherries and plums. Dense, velvety tannins. Super expressive and long with a stony finish. Drink from 2020 and beyond. Inner quote mark (9/2017)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Opaque purple. Powerful, highly complex aromas of red/blue fruit preserves, licorice, olive paste and potpourri carry a sexy floral overtone. Coats the palate with intense black and blue fruit and spicecake flavors; a sappy violet pastille nuance gains strength with air and lends an exotic touch. Velvety, even tannins shape an impressively long, chewy, mineral-accented finish that shows outstanding power and spicy thrust. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Replacing La Petite Chapelle in the Jaboulet lineup is the 2015 Hermitage La Maison Bleue. Rather than being a selection of lots that didn’t make the cut for La Chapelle, it’s more terroir-based, with the wine coming from the eastern (non-granitic) side of the appellation. Because of that, it’s softer in style, with a rich, velvety texture. Cedar and spice notes frame cassis and cola notes, lingering through the long, supple finish. (JC) Inner quote mark (12/2017)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark This was the first vintage I have tasted of the Hermitage “la Maison Bleu” bottling from Paul Jaboulet Âiné, which hails primarily from the lieu à dit of Rocoules on the hill of Hermitage. The soils here are more sandy than in many of the other parcels on the hill, allowing for a slightly more feminine and accessible expression of Hermitage, though with vines that range from forty to sixty-five years of age, there is also plenty of stuffing for long-term aging as well. Caroline Frey raises this bottling in twenty percent new oak. The 2015 Maison Bleu is excellent, delivering a deep, vibrant and quite complex bouquet of black raspberries, smoked meats, pepper, lovely soil tones, dark chocolate, a discrete base of new oak and a whisper of balsam bough in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, ripe and beautifully balanced, with a plush core, plenty of soil signature, well-integrated, suave tannins, precise focus and excellent length and grip on the complex and very energetic finish. This is superb Hermitage. Inner quote mark (1/2018)

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