Saturday, September 5, 2015

Paul Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Domaine Thalabert, 1989

The 1989 Domaine Thalabert has never received the attention that the highly rated 1990 has. And it  doesn't deserve it. But it is a very good Northern Rhone Syrah now in a plateau of maturity. I should mention that I'm a big fan of Domaine Thalabert and do not agree with those who claim that this particular Crozes-Hermitage should be consumed at a relatively young age.

The color has faded quite a bit. Now a medium light brick red. Typical scents of a mature Northern Rhone Syrah--leather, black fruits and mint. Same on the palate. More acidity and less tannin than when I tasted it a couple of years ago, and I like that. Takes awhile to open but is lovely to sip after a pleasing dinner of roast lamb. Perfect match for wine. The acidity really carries it on the finish. It's not as good as the 1990, the 1983 nor even the 1985, but it's still very good.

I should mention that much has changed at Jaboulet over the past two decades, but the vineyards that produced this wine are special.

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