Crozes-Hermitage, Domaine de Thalabert, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2017

RR05517
From the warm soils of the southern part of the appellation, covered with large pebbles. It has delicious round and supple fruit, silky and spicy with soft tannins. From vines of 40 to 60 years age there is good depth.
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Producer Paul Jaboulet Aîné
Type Red
ABV 13.5%
Bottle Size 75 cl
Country France
Region Rhône Valley
Area Northern Rhône
Sub Area Crozes-Hermitage
Style Medium-bodied
Vintage 2017
Major Grape Syrah/Shiraz
Grapes 100% Syrah
Drinking Guide Drink or Keep
More Features Environmentally Friendly , Organic
Food Match Lamb, Braised
Notes Environmentally-Friendly, Organic
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Another good result along the valley in 2018, though the South had more disease problems to contend with, as mildew affected the thinner skinned Grenache more than other varieties. Quality remains high but the yields are down. An early harvest has produced some intense wines in 2017 for both the North and the South of the region, though uneven flowering in both reduced yields considerably. 2016 in both Northern and Southern Rhône has produced excellent results, and the South has it by a whisker this year, the opposite of 2015. 2015 is terrific, particularly for the North’s Syrah; no problems and decent yields too. An ideal growing season, that was even hotter than 2003 in the daytime but with cooler nights and just enough rainfall to prevent problems in the vineyards. Both whites and reds are excellent. 2014 is not an easy vintage to generalise about but whites are super, reds are very pure with lovely aromatics, and, in the South, as in 2013, Syrah and Mourvèdre have done better than Grenache. In common with most of Europe, 2013 started late but a dry second half of the season resulted in some excellent wines particularly Syrah from the North. 2012 was a return to a broader, richer style across the region, while the 2011s have more elegance and freshness – qualities you’ll find in the southern Côtes du Rhône in particular. 2010 is outstanding, particularly in the South where the balance is glorious. The previous vintage, 2009 was also packed with superlatives, with the North just trumping the South – very pure, rich Syrah with tremendous potential.

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