Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2016
In 1834, a full 100 years before the introduction of the A.O.C. system, Antoine Jaboulet began to transform a sleepy region into one of the most important quality winegrowing terroirs in the world. Since that time, Paul Jaboulet Aîné has become the benchmark in the Northern Rhône, with the iconic Hermitage ‘La Chapelle’ being responsible for some of the greatest wines ever produced. Ten years ago, the Frey family purchased this historic property and committed tremendous effort and resources to improve upon the already legendary estate. They immediately started converting the estate vineyards to organic biodynamic principals and encouraging sustainable practices from every family grower they work with. With each successive vintage the purifying effects of these natural agricultural improvements can be felt and tasted. This is one of France’s finest estates, the crown jewel of the Rhône Valley. Oenologist and proprietor Caroline Frey, alongside Winemaking Director Jacques Desvernois, are producing the authentic standard for quality Syrah across the Northern Rhône.
Domaine de Thalabert is the first vineyard owned by Paul Jaboulet, purchased in 1834. Thalabert also holds the distinction as the oldest vineyard of the entire appellation. Considered the benchmark for Crozes-Hermitages with the ability to age for decades, Jaboulet's is made from 60-80 year old vines which are biodynamically farmed. The vines are grown on pebbly terraces that are glacial in origin, with the bedrock close to the topsoil. These small, round pebbles store heat during the day and release it at night, providing optimum and regular maturity. The site boasts very low yields of 25 hl/ha and the wine is ultimately aged in French oak, 20% new.
|Region||France, Rhone, Crozes-Hermitage|
|Brand||Paul Jaboulet Aine|
Jeb DunnuckThe 2016 Crozes Hermitage Domaine De Thalabert offers a rocking (and classic) bouquet of ripe black fruits intermixed with notions new saddle leather, pepper, garrigue, and hints of bacon fat. This ripe, medium to full-bodied, silky wine has remarkable purity, is already complex, and finishes with serious length. Drink it over the coming 10-15 years
VinousDeep vivid ruby. Vibrant, highly perfumed black and blue fruit, floral and incense aromas pick up exotic spice and mineral flourishes with aeration. Pure, focused and energetic in the mouth, offering appealingly sweet boysenberry, cassis and violet pastille flavors that show no rough edges. Deepens steadily on the very long, lively finish, which features resonating florality and well-knit tannins.
James Suckling"This shows pretty dark fruit along with cloves, dark berries and hints of black pepper. Medium to full body and a juicy finish. Publish Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018"
Wine SpectatorA ripe, fresh style, featuring a silky mix of raspberry and blackberry fruit laced with anise and black tea notes. Light chalky minerality lets the finish linger. Drink now through 2023. 500 cases imported.