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Skurnik Adds Rhône Valley’s Storied Paul Jaboulet Aîné Wines

November 23, 2015

New York-based Skurnik Wines has been appointed the exclusive U.S. importer of the Rhône Valley’s Paul Jaboulet Aîné wines, effective January 1, 2016.

The Paul Jaboulet Aîné portfolio includes wines from a wide array of Northern Rhône appellations, as well as several Southern Rhône appellations. Prices range from Parallele 45 Côtes du Rhône at $14.99 to Hermitage La Chapelle, which retails for around $250. The wines have been imported by Frederick Wildman & Sons Inc., for the past four decades.

Founded by the Jaboulet family in 1834, Paul Jaboulet Aîné was acquired by Jean-Jacques Frey in 2006. It’s now led by Frey’s daughter, Caroline, who doubles as owner and winemaker.

Skurnik was formed in 1987 by CEO Michael Skurnik and his brother, Harmon, the company’s president. The addition of Jaboulet comes after Skurnik bolstered its French portfolio earlier this year when it took on Burgundy’s Domaine Roumier.

“It’s not often that you get an opportunity like this—having a storied winery like Jaboulet fall into your lap,” Michael Skurnik told SND. “We welcome the opportunity to apply our experience and expertise to help return Jaboulet to its rightful place in the U.S. market.” Skurnik says he expects to sell roughly 30,000 cases of Jaboulet wines in 2016, with the business essentially split evenly between the on- and off-premise.

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