The Jammet Family and Wine Story
The blending of proprietary wines is actually a process that dates back to the late 1700s, when Le Bœuf à la Mode was one of only a few restaurants in Paris, or all of France, f or that matter (Le Bœuf à la Mode was established by André Jammet’s ancestors in 1792). Bordeaux wines were made and then stored in casks before being painstakingly transported to La Halle aux Vins in Paris, a huge wholesale wine market. (Today, those wines would be considered as equals to the wines of a great château). Restaurateurs and private chefs would bring their own bottles to the casks (or barrels) of La Halle, and return with wines that had been blended by the negociants on site. They also returned with great stories. Many truly relished their time at the barrel.
André’s family participated in the blending of wines for years when they owned one of Paris’ finest hotels: Le Bristol. As a small boy, André would often tag along his father to various vineyards, watching the process of selection, bottling, labeling and so forth, and listen to the stories of great wines from other times. At Le Bristol, the House wines were selected and shipped by La Mission Haut-Brion, in part because André’s father was the godchild of the owner, Mrs. Woltner.
These memories serve as the foundation for the Jammets’ desire to create their own La Caravelle line of fine wines. They are able to select the finest wines, thanks to long-standing, close relationships with vineyard owners and winemakers throughout France. As André and Rita Jammet carry on a proud family tradition of creating proprietary wines, they honor the spirit of their former La Caravelle New York restaurant, which was founded in 1960. André is proud to be a Chevalier du Tastevin (a prestigious Burgundy wine group) as well.
In addition to their Champagne line, La Caravelle boasts a red Bordeaux (from the Médoc appellation of Listrac).
In selecting the wines, Rita and André are making sure the wines reflect the image of La Caravelle: timeless classic and great quality for the price.
Rita & Andre Jammet
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