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The great wine trading house ( Négociant ) Paul Jaboulet-Aîné in Tain-l'Hermitage on the Rhone was founded in 1834. Until the end of 2005 it was operated by three family members under the direction of Gérard Jaboulet. Then the sale was made to a Swiss group of investors. That is why the winery is also from that of the renowned family wineries association PFV (Primum Familiae Vini) eliminated. The vineyards cover 80 hectares of vineyards. Wines from numerous Rhône appellations are produced. These are Beaumes-de-Venise. Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Condrieu. Cornas. Côte Rôtie. Cotes du Rhone. Crozes-Hermitage. Hermitage and Saint-Joseph, as well as various IGP wines such as Collines Rhôdaniennes,

Vineyards of the Jaboulet-Aîné winery in Tain-l’Hermitage on the Rhône

The flagship of the house is the red Hermitage "La Chapelle" ( Syrah and up to 15% the white varieties Marsanne and Roussanne ) from around 40-year-old vines that can be stored for decades. A dozen bottles of 1961 vintage were at one auction in London in September 2007 from Christie's sold for £ 123,750 (over £ 10,000 or € 14,500 per bottle). He is one of the most expensive wines in the world, The white Hermitage is called "Le Chevalier de Sterimberg", the red Crozes-Hermitage "Domaine de Thalabert" and the white Crozes-Hermitage "Mule Blanche". Around 125,000 boxes of wine are produced annually, and more than half are exported.

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