I’m a bit of a Thalabert fan, and it turns out a few other members enjoy these wines too, so I invite anyone who has a bottle available to join us in an online tasting on Saturday evening.
To take part, please edit the wiki post below and add the vintage you will be opening on the night. We’ll then proceed much like the regular TWS tastings and chat about the bottles we have open. I look forward to seeing how they are all doing!
[I’ll do a bit of Thalabert research* and post some info here soon.]
*hmm. I thought this would be farly simple but I’m actualy struggling to find much useful information about Thalabert beyond endless listings to buy the wines!
TWS has a decent page about Jaboulet generally here:
but the only other thing I can find right now online is from this site, with the relevant paragraphs being:
The Thalabert vineyard has an incredible history that goes back to the early 14th century. In the early 1800’s, about the same time Antoine Jaboulet purchased Thalabert, the wines from this vineyard in Crozes-Hermitage sold for more than Cornas, Saint Joseph, and Chateauneuf du Pape, with the only Rhône wines selling for more being Hermitage and Côte Rôtie.
The vineyard is situated on the plain of Les Chassis, located on the left bank of the Rhone River between Tain l’Hermitage and Pont de l’Isere. While the Crozes Hermitage appellation is varied in terms of terroir and exposure, spilling out onto more alluvial fans that produce a somewhat lighter style of wine, Thalabert is located in stoney, rocky soils near the river. In his book ‘The Wines of the Northern Rhone", Jonathan Livingston Learmonth describes the soil as “a gravel couch (20-30 meters of gravelly stones), with around half a meter of alluvial stones of Alpine origin on the surface.” It is the vineyards location on these well-drained, hard to farm rocky soils that give it its incredible quality.
If anyone has any further information about the domaine please let me know!