TN 1990 Paul Jaboulet: Crozes-Hermitage: Domaine de Thalabert (N.Rhone, France).

1990 Paul Jaboulet: Crozes-Hermitage: Domaine de Thalabert (N.Rhone, France).

I purchased this pristine magnum of syrah some years ago. Popped and poured, the original cork came out cleanly in one piece, 13% alcohol. Dark red plum core with a strawberry red rim. A nose of dried red fruits with an earthy nuance and a hint of saucisson. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fresh acidity in the background. Dried red fruits carried effortlessly across my tastebuds. For me, this wine in magnum format is now fully mature and enjoyable.
 

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1990 Paul Jaboulet: Crozes-Hermitage: Domaine de Thalabert (N.Rhone, France).

I purchased this pristine magnum of syrah some years ago. Popped and poured, the original cork came out cleanly in one piece, 13% alcohol. Dark red plum core with a strawberry red rim. A nose of dried red fruits with an earthy nuance and a hint of saucisson. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fresh acidity in the background. Dried red fruits carried effortlessly across my tastebuds. For me, this wine in magnum format is now fully mature and enjoyable.
Starting to tire in standard bottles, so a mag must be just right :)
 
All of the above were what I cut my teeth on back in the day. For me the Rhône has really lost its way in the decades since then. I haven’t actually enjoyed a bottle post 2000.
 
The Rhône or Jaboulet?
The Rhône generally, there used to be an elegance to the wines back in the 1980s, for me they have become clumsy if you understand what I mean by that, and I haven’t had anything post 2000 vintage that has made me say wow I wish I had more of it. Most CDP since then I have been unable to finish the bottle.
 
The standard bottle available on TWS right now for £90
I bought a bottle based on a discussion here or on the old forum I was browsing but can't seem to find now.
It was on the most memorable Rhone wine.
I think this wine (80's and 90's) was at least as popular a choice as wines like Rayas which made it a must try (tired or not) for me.

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Think it was this thread:
 
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The standard bottle available on TWS right now for £90
I bought a bottle based on a discussion here or on the old forum I was browsing but can't seem to find now.
It was on the most memorable Rhone wine.
I think this wine (80's and 90's) was at least as popular a choice as wines like Rayas which made it a must try (tired or not) for me.

Edit:

Think it was this thread:
Thanks. Picked a few bottles up. Love this wine!
 
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The bottle I acquired (per post from March above) turned out to be fabulous.

1990 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage (02/05/2022)
This was quite wonderful, and certainly still going strong! Opened with the Durand (unnecessary, still a great cork) and then took a sip, which revealed plenty of vitality, and a really great wine. I then left it to settle a little before decanting for (copious) sediment, and we drank the bottle over around five hours, during which it lost maybe 10% of its initial zip but remained delicious.

Very dark middle, like the centre of a huge ruby, with some bricking on the rim. Lots of smoke on the nose, and herbal, like putting bales of thyme on a campfire, then more ashy than smokey, some iron, and some meatiness, which occasionally verged into Bretty horseyness. Really crisp and juicy on the palate - almost a citrusy brightness to the midpalate - but also plenty of depth, with an earthy, truffley quality, the savour of lamb fat, and then smooth, tasty cocoa on the finish. The whole package was superbly drinkable and harmonious as well as complex - shame this was my first and, presumably, only bottle. (95 pts.)
 
Could not agree more. I've had two disappointing bottles of '90 La Chapelle, and probably a full case's worth of the '90 Thalabert, with wide bottle variation ranging from "pretty nice" (~89-90) to "absolutely phenomenal" (~94).
No disrespect, but probably sums up why I don’t go near points for wines. What more does a wine have to be to get a “100” . Absolutely phenomenal?

only 4 points between that and pretty nice, yet 6 away from 100 ?!


Had the wine about 4 years ago. Indeed it was enjoyable.
 
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