Sunday, May 8, 2016

Paul Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert, 1989

Once again, this is my least favorite Domaine Thalabert of the 1980s. It is the one, I believe, that had the greatest percentage of new oak aging, and it has never quite come together to meet my expectations of Thalabert.

Initially, some charred wood aromas but these blow away. Now I get some typical Thalabert scents--black and red fruits, anise, leather and a hint of olives. The olives are more prominent on the palate. Smooth mouth feel and an intense finish. In most respects, I prefer the 1994 that I had a couple of weeks ago, but the finish on this wine has more depth.

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