Paul Jaboulet Ainé

Paul Jaboulet Ainé Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2012 Magnum

R1,450

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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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Curated Selection

Top Rated, Large Formats, Organic & Biodynamic, Winter Warmers, Women in Wine

Grape Variety

Syrah

Producer

Paul Jaboulet Ainé

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2012

Wine Group

Boutique, Prestige

Wine Occasion

Formal Entertainment, Indulgence

Wine Region

Rhone Valley

Critics Top Rating

92 points

Story

Story

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.

Specifications

Specifications

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.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Inky ruby. Display lively, spice-tinged back raspberry and cherry aromas, with notes of fresh flowers and mineral adding lift. Seamless and precise on the palate, offering nervy red and dark berry flavors plus hints of licorice and cola. In a lively, elegant style finishing with strong cut, supple tannins and a lingering note of candied flowers.

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

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 90-93 points

A rich, structured Crozes Hermitage, Jaboulet’s 2012 Domaine de Thalabert offers first-rate notes of blackcurrants, peppery herbs, leather, black olive and scorched earth. Aged 12 months in 20% new French oak, it’s medium-bodied, juicy and balanced, with enough underlying depth and structure to keep it evolving nicely through 2023.

Since 2006, owner Caroline Frey has been steadily pushing for increased quality at this historic estate. Moving all of the vineyards to sustainable farming (which takes years to see benefits), both the vineyard and cellar staff have been doubled. In addition, a new gravity operated cellar was set up in 2010. All of this shows, and across the board, the wines have impeccably made, clean and pure profiles. Looking at the individual Northern Rhône appellations, this estate produces four Hermitage (La Chapelle, La Chapelle Blanc, Le Petite Chapelle and Les Chevalier de Stérimberg), four Crozes Hermitage (Domaine de Thalabert, Domaine Mule Blanche, Domaine de Roure and Domaine de Roure Blanc), one Côte Rôtie (Domaine des Pierrelles), one Cornas (Domaine de Saint Pierre), one Saint Joseph (Domaine de la Croix des Vignes) and one Condrieu (Domaine des Grands Amandiers). Looking at 2011, Caroline stated that it was easy to get ripeness, and harvest was early to avoid heat stress on the grapes. Of the three most recent vintages (2011, 2012 and 2013), 2011 had the highest yields, with both 2012 and 2013 seeing a significant drop. I was able to taste a number of these wines twice, once in a larger lineup covering the individual appellations, and again at a tasting at the domaine, with Caroline and oenologist Jacques Desvernois.


Vinous – 92 points

Inky ruby. Display lively, spice-tinged back raspberry and cherry aromas, with notes of fresh flowers and mineral adding lift. Seamless and precise on the palate, offering nervy red and dark berry flavors plus hints of licorice and cola. In a lively, elegant style finishing with strong cut, supple tannins and a lingering note of candied flowers.

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