Paul Jaboulet Ainé Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2017 Magnum
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, Large Formats, 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.
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
Decanter – 92 points
Showing some development to the colour, more transparency than a young vintage. Certainly developed now on the nose too, a pleasing note of sweet decay, like autumn leaf mulch. Rolling tobacco and a touch of oak spice to the soft forest berry fruit. Light- to medium-bodied, with good acidity. The tannins are resolved now, just a touch of dryness on the tip of the tongue from the oak. Fully developed now, no need to keep.
Wine Advocate – 91 points
The 2014 vintage was difficult for the flatter, more water retentive soils in Crozes Hermitage, yet both releases from Caroline Frey and her team are solid wines. Another outstanding wine from Crozes Hermitage is the 2014 Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert. It’s certainly one of the reference point cuvées from the appellation and has a great track record with regards to ageability as well. Sweet black cherries, blackberries, tobacco leaf and earth all emerge from this medium-bodied, supple, already delicious Syrah that can be drunk with considerable pleasure anytime over the coming decade.
James Suckling – 91 points
A creamy, modern dark berry fruited nose with a wealth of cherries, cassis and baked plum fruits. Smells ripe. The palate has red plums, chocolate and a dark stony edge. Soft and smooth tannins. An open-knit, earlier drinking style. Try now.