2020 Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage Thalabert

Syrah - 1.5L
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VN 94

Vinous, December 2022

(VN 92-94 points) Shimmering ruby. Expressive, spice-accented red and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of olive, espresso and candied flowers. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering gently sweet...
JS 93

jamessuckling.com, March 2022

(92-93 points) A charismatic Crozes-Hermitage with tons of black-plum fruit, as well as hot-asphalt and cocoa-powder notes. This is remarkably open for its young age, in spite of the ample structure. Has a bold and...
JD 93

jebdunnuck.com, December 2022

The 2020 Crozes Hermitage Domaine De Thalabert is terrific as well. Coming from old vines in the Chassis region, it has a darker ruby/purple hue as well as classic Thalabert black and blue fruits, black olive, smoke, and...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Crozes Hermitage
Vintage 2020
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 14%

For almost two centuries, the Jaboulet family has shared a common passion for the Rhone Valley, its history, its terroir, its exceptional people and wines.

In 1834, Antoine Jaboulet started working the land on the hills of Hermitage. Through his hard work and passion, he was able to produce a wine of exceptional quality. The business was passed on to his sons Henri and Paul, with the latter later giving his name to the company.

Since then, the generations have continued to succeed one another until in January 2006, the Frey family, longstanding winemakers in Champagne and owners of Chateau La Lagune in Bordeaux, acquired Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine thus adding to its portfolio of prestigious names.

The company’s hundred or so hectares of vineyards are tended with the greatest possible care. The wide diversity of terroirs and the influence of micro-climates favor the production of Syrah, the principal variety and the sole red grape, while Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier are used for the white wines.

Jaboulet wines represent generations of hard work and a passion for excellence and these values are adhered to by an unswerving commitment to improving vineyards, and through strategic acquisitions and work in the cellars, while respecting the environment at the same time.

The Crozes Hermitage vineyard is the largest of all the northern Rhone Valley Appellations. It extends over 11 communes situated in the Drome, on the left bank of the Rhone. The Domaine de Thalabert has belonged to the Maison Paul Jaboulet Aine since 1834. It is situated on the plain, and is the oldest in the Appellation.

This estate of around 40 ha is located on a pebbly plain that is glacial in origin. These small, round pebbles store heat during the day and release it at night, providing optimum maturity.

The wine is made of Syrah from vines aged 40 to 60 years. The grapes from the Thalabert estate are carefully sorted, meticulously vinified using traditional methods, and traditionally aged in wood for 12 months in the ancient “Vineum” cellar.

The wine has a deep ruby color, limpid and bright. It is intense, complex and aromatic with a blend of red berries and animal notes. On the palate are powerful, fine, and noble tannins. The finish is full and well-balanced.

Introducing the exquisite 2020 Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage Thalabert, a red wine that embodies the essence of the Rhone region in Northern France. This captivating Syrah varietal is a true masterpiece, showcasing the expertise and passion of the renowned producer, Paul Jaboulet Aine.

In the glass, this wine displays a deep ruby color, enticing the senses with its rich and alluring hue. With an alcohol content of 14.0%, it promises a delightful and balanced experience on the palate.

The nose is immediately enveloped in a symphony of aromas, as if stepping into a fragrant garden. Black and blue fruits take center stage, offering a luscious bouquet that is complemented by notes of black olive, smoke, and a hint of ground pepper. Each inhalation reveals a new layer of complexity, enticing you to explore further.

Upon the first sip, the 2020 Crozes Hermitage Thalabert reveals its true character. Medium to full-bodied, it caresses the tongue with fine, velvety tannins that harmonize seamlessly with its well-integrated acidity. The flavors of juicy cherry and cassis dance on the palate, their sweetness perfectly balanced by a touch of spice. As the wine lingers, the tannins lend a gentle grip, leaving a lasting impression.

This wine has received high praise from esteemed critics, further solidifying its exceptional quality. Jeb Dunnuck awarded it an impressive 93 points, describing it as "terrific" and noting its potential to evolve over the next two decades. Vinous, on the other hand, awarded it an impressive 94 points, with Josh Raynolds commending its expressive aromas and long, spicy finish.

Indulge in the magnificence of the 2020 Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage Thalabert, a wine that encapsulates the spirit of the Rhone region. With its impeccable craftsmanship and unforgettable flavors, it promises an unforgettable journey for the discerning wine connoisseur.