Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné was created through the magical conjunction of a fertile land on a hillside by the Rhone and a family with a passion for winemaking. Founded in 1834 by Antoine Jaboulet (1807-1864) in Tain l’Hermitage, at the foot of that hill, our estate was to really take off under the leadership of his sons, Paul and Henry. Their descendants then followed one another in presiding over the destiny of these unique and demanding vineyards. In 2006, the Freys, a family of long standing in t he Champagne region and owners of Chateau La Lagune in Bordeaux, took over Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné. Caroline, the eldest daughter of the family, who has a degree in oenology from Bordeaux, is working with her teams in a single-minded quest for perfection. They are convinced that, with scrupulous care for vines grown i n exceptional terroirs and cutting-edge winemaking, the greatest vintages are yet to come. The wines are aged in French oak barrels in the VINEUM, a wine store whose Gallo -Roman molasse sandstone tunnels date back more than a thousand year s. The jewel in the Maison Jaboulet collection is the legendary ‘La Chapelle’ Hermitage, a great red wine made purely from Syrah, which owes its name to the famous little Sainte Christophe chapel, which overlooks the Hermitage vineyards. ‘La Chapelle’, which has been solely owned by Paul Jaboulet Aîné since 1919, is made by blending the best terroirs in the appellation (le Méal, les Bessards, les Rocoules etc). ‘La Chapelle’ Hermitage 1961 was ranked among the twelve greatest wines of the 20th century and racked up the third highest price ever recorded worldwide for a 12-bottle lot sold by Christie’s.