Thursday, June 12, 2014

Paul Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Domaine Thalabert, 1988

Like so many other vintages of Jaboulet's Domaine Thalabert, this wine continues to change with every bottle I open. And the change always seems for the better. Thalabert is one of the best and most ageworthy wines in my cellar.

Deep ruby color. Mature amber tones and a great deal of sediment. The cork is difficult to extract, but the wine is lovely. High toned Northern Rhone bouquet: Provencal olives, cassis, black fruits and leather. The flavors are similar. Good fruit on the mid-palate--dark berries and blue plums with olives and spice. Somewhat lean. More herbaceous than most Thalaberts, but this only adds to the complexity. Very long and lively finish. My last bottle of this was probably five years ago and seemed at its peak. This bottle is at least as good.

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