At the Domaines Paul Jaboulet Aîné, for nearly two centuries now, the cultivation of the vines, the preservation of the soil and respect for the terroir have been paramount. Caroline Frey, who took over as head of the Domaines in 2006, doesn't see her job in any other way. As soon as she arrived, she developed a viticulture that respects the environment - notably through the introduction of techniques borrowed from organic and biodynamic agriculture - with the aim of working the soil, the vines and the wines alive. The excellence of Paul Jaboulet Aîné's vintages is based on very high quality fruit, carefully selected, and sublimated by meticulous vinification and maturing of great finesse. For in the most beautiful appellations of the Rhone Valley, it is in the purest expression of the terroir that great wines are born, their balance, their complexity and their longevity.
This Côtes du Rhône, star of the appellation, takes its name from the 45th parallel north which passes two kilometres south of the cellars of the Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné. In the village of Pont de l'Isère, a monument symbolises this line with an inscription: "here begins the south". This wine has had this name since the early 1950s.