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

SKU #1382566 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (12/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

92-93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This shows pretty dark fruit along with cloves, dark berries and hints of black pepper. Medium to full body and a juicy finish. Inner quote mark (8/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (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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