The Jaboulet family had a magnificent run in the 20th century, until the 1990s when a string of premature deaths and accidents caused the family to lose its magic touch. As a result, the quality of the wines suffered, and "Jaboulet" was not so "Jaboulet." So, they sold the estate in 2006 to the Frey family, part owners of Champagne's Billecart-Salmon and sole owners of Château La Lagune of Bordeaux, whose secret weapon was (and is) Caroline Frey. Raised in Champagne, Caroline Frey is one of France's best-kept wine secrets. When she took over the reins at Jaboulet she implemented biodynamic growi+B4+B175ng and minimal intervention cellar practices, like gravity flow. The Maison Bleue is essentially baby Chapelle, first made in 2015 (replacing the former "La Petite Chapelle" bottling). It's technically a second label, made from the younger vines or "the stuff" that doesn't go into "La Chapelle." Pure Syrah, aged in 20% new oak, its 14% alcohol powers the wine with blackberry liqueur, licorice, and smoky stone, and as wine critic Mr. Dunnuck says, "Smoking Good." We typically don't talk "points and scores," but the consistency among critics for 2016 La Maison Bleue is simply, impressive. To us, it looks, smells, and tastes like Caroline Frey has put the magic touch back on Jaboulet.