2016 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné "Domaine de Thalabert" Crozes-Hermitage

SKU #1382566 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 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.  (12/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The classically styled 2016 Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert boasts savory scents of black olive and leather. Medium to full-bodied, it's plummy and rich, creamy and ripe but savory and earthy, not jammy at all, with a lingering, velvety-textured finish. It drinks well now, but it should continue to evolve and drink well through 2035. (JC)  (10/2018)

93 points Vinous

 Deep 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. (JR)  (9/2019)

92-93 points 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.  (8/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A 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. (JM)  (5/2019)

K&L Notes

One of the icon properties of the Rhone Valley, Paul Jaboulet Aine transformed the Northern Rhône and made Hermitage what it is today. Under the stewardship of the Frey family, the winery has reached new qualitative heights in their production that rivals some of their greatest benchmark vintages. Oenologist and proprietor Caroline Frey has converted the entire estate to biodynamic farming and her pristine winemaking expresses the terroir of each site in its most transparent way. If you have drifted away from these wines for any reason, now is definitely the time to come back.


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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2018 | Send Email
Vigneron Caroline Frey of Chateau La Lagune in Bordeaux purchased Jaboulet several years ago and every year the quality and character of the terroir is expressed that much further. A wonderful follow up to the 2015 vintage, the new 16 is actually a bit more approachable than its counterpart. Where 2015s are meant for the ages and will need some time, the 2016s aren't as shrouded in their tannic cloaks and make for much more elegant and inviting drinking. This 100% Syrah is enchanting and full of lush raspberry and strawberry fruit. Peppery spice and incense fill the glass. The tannins are smooth and velvety. This is delicious. Perfect now but even more classic character if left alone for a few more years. Who am I to wait, though?

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Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Specific Appellation:

Hermitage/Crozes-Hermitage

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