Inside WBOTD | Crozes-Hermitage – what Northern Rhone Syrah is meant to be
Today’s Wine Story: Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2015
The first-ever vineyard owned by Paul Jaboulet – purchased in 1834. Also holds the distinction as the oldest vineyard of the appellation. Considered the benchmark for Crozes-Hermitage with the ability to age for decades. 60-80 year old vines, Biodynamically farmed. A must have Northern Rhone Syrah for your cellar.
Vines are grown on pebbly terraces that are glacial in origin, with the bedrock close to the topsoil. These small, round pebbles store heat during the day and release it at night, providing optimum and regular maturity.
What is it: Classic Crozes-Hermitage – Syrah | Plush, Gorgeous, deep-layered & 97 points | Will age for 20 years
Price: $39.99 on sale from $45.99
Pairs with: Pairs w/Beef, Lamb, Stews and Hearty dishes – amazing with Lamb dishes
Ratings: 97 points Jeb Dunnock, 94 points Vinous, 93 points Wine Advocate, 93 points James Suckling
Why WBOTD chose this Northern Rhone Syrah:
⇒ $40 a bottle for the benchmark Northern Rhone Syrah from a classic vintage
⇒ You can drink now but try to wait for at least 2-3 years | Will age well for 15-20 years
⇒ This should be in your cellar with several vintages maturing over time
⇒ Winemaker Jacques Desvernois is an acclaimed master of Syrah.
⇒ 2015 was a standout warm vintage, where Crozes-Hermitage is the best it can be
⇒ Best price we found for a 750ml
Winemaker Jacques Desvernois
Joining Jaboulet 1-Sep-2006, then new winemaker Jacques Desvernois 30, has just a few vintages under his belt. primarily at Ogier in Châteauneuf du Pape. While he found himself picking grapes less than two weeks later–baptism by fire. Yet, now responsible for one of the best expressions of what Crozes-Hermitage can offer.