Paul Jaboulet Ainé Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2010
At the heart of Crozes Hermitage as one of the most prestigious parcels, this wine showcases great balance, structure and seduction.
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Top Rated, Organic & Biodynamic, Winter Warmers, Women in Wine
Paul Jaboulet Ainé
Formal Entertainment, Indulgence
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The Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné was created in 1834 through the magical conjunction of a fertile land on a hillside by the Rhone and a family with a passion for winemaking.
Famed through the Hermitage La Chapelle, over the years the Domaines Paul Jaboulet Aîné took ownership of the finest appellations of the northern Rhone Valley, applying organic and biodynamic principles since taken over by the Frey family, ensuring a legacy in both vineyards and incredible wines.
The Crozes-Hermitage vineyard is the largest in the Northern Rhone Valley appellations. It extends over 11 communes situated in the Drome, on the left bank of the Rhone. The Domaine de Thalabert has belonged to the Maison since 1834. It is situated on the pebbly terraces, and is the oldest and the most recognized in the appellation.
Soil – This estate of 40ha is located on the pebbly terraces that are glacial in origin. These small, round pebbled stone heat during the day and release it at night, providing optimum and regular maturity.
Grape Variety – 100% Syrah
Age of the vines – 40 to 60 years
Vinification – The grapes from the Domaine are hand picked, carefully sorted, and then meticulously vinified using traditional methods. Grapes are macerated on their skins for 3 weeks using daily pump over.
Aging – This wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, of which 20% are new.
Liquorice, blackberry, and pepper on wide nose, whose depth is part funded by the oak. Palate has a feminine charm, with soft texture and good weight of clean fruit. Very glamorous deep crimson. Black-pepper notes on the nose and then some relaxed fruit on the palate at last! Racy and broad – this wine has come on very nicely. Long and punchy. Appetizing. A softly-spoken charmer for the mid-term
Matching food and wine – Pressed guinea fowl with young vegetables, Noisette of lamb with rosemary, Saddle of devilled lamb with young vegetables
Best enjoyed from 8 to 20 years
Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 93 points
The 2010 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert, which I raved about last year, is slightly better than their brilliant 2009. It boasts a dense purple color along with a beautiful perfume of camphor, licorice, forest floor, black currants and Christmas fruitcake. With tremendous intensity, full body and supple tannins, it should drink well for 10-15 years, perhaps longer where well-stored. This cuvee is always one of the best buys in the Northern Rhone.
Readers should not forget the southern Rhone offerings from Paul Jaboulet-Aine that I reviewed in Issue #203 (October, 2012), especially such terrific values as the 2010 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Plan de Dieu Domaine Pere et Fille and the resurrected Chateauneuf du Papes, the 2010 Domaine de Terre Ferme. The Northern Rhone wines reviewed herein reflect the emphasis on building domaine names while not forsaking the negociant wines. The wines reviewed in this report are only the domaine wines where the Paul Jaboulet firm owns the vineyards and harvests the grapes. In Cornas, the Jaboulets own the highly regarded Domaine de St.-Pierre. A second wine, the Hermitage La Petite Chapelle, is now made in order to increase the quality of Jaboulet’s flagship offering, the Hermitage La Chapelle. As for the Hermitage La Chapelle, recent vintages (starting with 2009) have been the greatest wines made at this estate since one of the all-time classics, the 1990. There was no 2011 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Roure declared. The white wines from Paul Jaboulet-Aine have also jumped in quality. Keep in mind that the proprietors, the Frey family, not only own Chateau La Lagune in Bordeaux, but are also major stockholders in the impressive Champagne firm of Billecart-Salmon. The 2010 whites all performed well. They are slightly less evolved and precocious than the 2011s, and possess a slightly greater degree of the crushed rock minerality than one finds in the more fruit-driven 2011s.
Vinous – 92 points
Inky ruby. Intense blackberry and anise aromas are complemented by notes of candied flowers and smoky minerals. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering sweet dark berry and violet pastille flavors and a hint of cracked pepper. Closes energetic and very long, with slow-building tannins adding grip