Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage 2010

It makes absolute sense that the greatest wines show at their best in the finest vintages; however, the mark of a TRULY great vintage is when the supposedly more ‘humble’ appellations deliver wines which are transported to a level that belies their price. Bordeaux 2009 is a great example of this, as is 2010 in the Rhone. 2010 is a Rhone vintage in which we’re still fortunate enough to find both extraordinary value and quality across all appellations; and here we have just such an example. 93pt Northern Rhone Syrah for a shade over £22 per bottle on the table (or even less if you take 2 cases)? This really is a must-have opportunity...

The flagship Crozes-Hermitage from the great Jaboulet, “Domaine de Thalabert”, has always been a wine that ages brilliantly. It is right at the pinnacle of the appellation, but very seldom has it reached the qualitative heights of 2010. We have enjoyed several bottles of the 1990 in both London and Hong Kong recently, and on each occasion it was absolutely stonking: seriously complex, with plenty of roasted meat, toasted herb, and mocha character shining through with the brambly, smoky fruit; and it really did drink like a bottle that would cost a good 100-150 pounds in a top restaurant. So, if you’re after terrific wines that offer huge quality at very friendly prices, look no further. Highly and strongly recommended!

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Tasting Notes and Scores

Wine Advocate
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The 2010 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert, which I raved about last year, is slightly better than their brilliant 2009. It boasts a dense purple color along with a beautiful perfume of camphor, licorice, forest floor, black currants and Christmas fruitcake. With tremendous intensity, full body and supple tannins, it should drink well for 10-15 years, perhaps longer where well-stored. This cuvee is always one of the best buys in the Northern Rhone.

- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate - 27/12/2012

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