Sunday, June 19, 2022

Paul Jaboulet Domaine Thalabert Crozes-Hermitage, 1988

Many of the best Syrah wines I have ever had came from Paul Jaboulet's Thalabert vineyard in Crozes-Hermitage. I bought them by the case through the 1980s, and the bottles I have left are treasures.

Brickish color reflects the changes that have taken place over the last 34 years. The smells and flavors though get better with each passing year. Savory rather than fruity. Black fruits, cassis, black olives and cured meats. Rich flavors on the mid palate and amazing complexity. Acidity that brings the flavors into sharp focus. At least as good, maybe better than the bottle I had last year. Both the 1985 and 1988 are still going strong. The 1983 and 1990 are even better.

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